If we had our way, we would drink fine Champagne all of the time, but our discretionary income oftentimes doesn’t support this sentiment. That’s why we were over the moon to discover Terres Secrètes, meaning ‘secret lands’, which is a collaboration between one of our favorite vendors, California-based North Berkeley Imports and a winery in the Mâcon region of Burgundy in operation since 1951. The idea behind the project is to produce Champagne quality wines for decidedly un-Champagne prices and to showcase Burgundy’s legendary limestone terroirs. The vineyard sources for this venture, which are farmed sustainably, are in and around the village of Sologny at the southern end of the zone, with soils featuring Burgundy’s classic mix of clay and limestone. We were thrilled to present this Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine made in the méthode champenoise alongside two Champagnes since it holds its own quite well. While undoubtedly lighter in style, it offers a complexity and elegance that you rarely see at this price point.
A blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, thisCrémant de Bourgogne Blanc de Noirs will reassure you that you don’t need to break the bank to drink refined and complex bubbly on a regular basis. Aromas of Bing cherry, white peach and jasmine tea set the tone for this fresh and pristine style, while flavors of yellow apple, red berries, fresh fennel bulb and white pepper validate its clean and polished persona. Light in body and boasting fine, elegant bubbles and a vivacious acidity, this is a crowd-pleasing, go-to style for all of your holiday entertaining and would also make an excellent brunch accompaniment!