5 things to know about Domaine de Montmarin Brut
by Grace Evitts - April 18, 2017
From a winery more than 500 years old, the Domaine de Montmarin Brut in April’s Bubble Box is an aromatic wonder from the south of France. Find out more about this fabulous fizz here.
Where It’s From
The Domaine de Montmarin Methode Traditionelle Brut in April’s Bubble Box hails from the French region of Languedoc, a southern spot close to the Balearic Sea and the northern border of Spain.
A respected Mediterranean wine region, Languedoc has become famous for the incredible white wines it’s produced for thousands of years. With chalky, clay soil and dry, windy weather, the diversity of the regions terroirs allows the winemakers of Domaine de Montmarin to grow a wide range of grape varieties, including Sauvignon, Roussnne and Chardonnay.
Just two kilometers from the sea, this lovely estate has been in the de Sarret family for 29 generations.
How It’s Made
This sparkling wine is made using the traditional method, where the wine undergoes its second fermentation (the one which makes the liquid fizzy) in the very same bottle you’ll open at home.
The production process begins when the grapes – this particular wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier (pronounced Vee-own-yay) grapes are harvested. This is done by machines at night, preserving the unique sugar content of the grape, which can be disrupted if the fruit is picked under the heat of the sun.
The grapes are then crushed and undergo their first round of fermentation, which results in a flat wine. That wine is then decanted into bottles, to which yeast and a little extra sugar are added. These bottles are turned upside down and left to undergo a second fermentation for a period of 21 months. In this time the bubbles develop as the yeast eats the extra sugar.
When the sugar levels are just slightly above baseline – that extra bit of sweetness if what makes this brut, or dry, sparkling wine – the yeast is frozen in the neck of the bottle and expelled in a process called degorgement. The wine is then corked, labelled and shipped to you, ready to enjoy.
How It Tastes
Both Chardonnay and Viognier grapes are known for their particularly aromatic character, so expect these tasty bubbles to be floral on the nose and rich on the palate, with notes of yellow fruit and lemony brightness from the Sauvignon Blanc. Revel in the delicate and delightful mouse of this warm-region white wine.
How to Drink It
Serve these bubbles cold – chilled to between four and eight degrees Celsius is the sweet spot. This wine makes a delicious aperitif.
Who’s Behind It
This wine’s production was overseen by winemakers Betrand Waris, who works closely with Domaine de Montmarin owner Phillipe de Bertier to produce a wide range of excellent Languedoc wimes.
Phillipe inherited the property – which also encompasses olive groves and oak forests – form his mother, Paule, the 28th generation descendant of Nicolas de Sarret, a soldier from Aragon who purchased the estate in 1488.
Under Phillipe’s guidance, the winery has moved from bulk producing wine to carefully crafting red, rose, white and sparkling wines by the bottle.