NV-C Frederick Magnien Blanc de Noir, Cremant de Bourgogne, Burgundy, France

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Frédéric Magnien is a fifth-generation winemaker. Not only did he study under his father, Michel (Domaine Michel Magnien), but also with winemakers in other fine wine regions. Frederic maintains high standards with his partner growers and his own team conducts the harvests to deliver organically raised grapes that create beautiful sparkling wines. Crémant de Bourgogne AOC has legal restrictions very similar to that of Champagne and the wine is made in the traditional method (méthode champenoise). All fruit is sourced from both villages-level vineyards and plots in the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits. Blanc de Noirs means the wine is a white wine made from red grapes, in this case, 100% Pinot Noir. All grapes are hand-harvested and full-cluster pressed, giving the must greater phenolic compounds and a rounder, more complex final wine. The must is then fermented using native yeasts in stainless steel tanks. Second fermentation takes place in bottle (the defining aspect of traditional method sparkling wine) where the wine is aged further for four months. Low dosage of 4g/L keeps the crémant dry. The medium mousse is mouth-filling, with a vivacious bead. The nose and palate have aromas of raspberries, baking spice, and a hint of cream, with a bit of toast on the finish. Refreshing acidity along with solid structure make this crémant a friendly companion to food.

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