The gorgeous Domaine Sainte Rose Brut Nature in this month’s Bubble Box comes from anguedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France. Aged for three months in French oak barrels, to produce an elegant brut nature with aromas of honeysuckle and vanilla brioche.
How It’s Made
The grapes for this wonderful Méthode Traditionelle Brut Nature were harvested in 2014, when a very early flowering meant that the Chardonnay grapes needed to be picked ahead of schedule.
Unusually, the wine was aged for three months in French oak barrels.
Finally, the wine made its way into the bottle for the second fermentation, aging ‘on the lees’, or in the presence of yeast, for 28 months.
Who’s Behind It
This wine comes to you from Charles and Ruth Simpson, a British couple who moved to the Languedoc to pursue their lifelong dream of opening a winery.
Over 15 years, the Simpsons completely revamped their estate, Domaine Sainte Rose, named for an Italian martyr to the Catholic cause.
Where It’s From
This wine is from the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France. Spanning the coastline from the border of Spain to beautiful Provence, Languedoc is the single biggest wine-producing region in the world, with around 700,000 acres of vines.
How It Tastes
Pale gold in the glass with persistent bubbles and a fine mousse, this wine has rich aromas of fresh honeysuckle and orange blossom with a touch of vanilla brioche. On the palate subtle, toasty flavours of almond intermingle with a pure mineral quality and a clean, balanced finish.
How To Drink It
Drink this wine chilled and alongside seafood. Delicious with Coquille Saint Jacques Mornay if you’re feeling opulent, it’s also wonderful with fish and chips.