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Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs

For our part, we've found of late that it just doesn't pay to try and do Champagne on the cheap, that we're better off looking outside that oft jaded geography to find as fine if not finer sparkling wine indeed for the bubbles buck that needs to stretch on out a bit. The fine Crémant de Bourgogne sparkling wines of Louis Picamelot are just such a find. The House of Picamelot was founded in 1926 and is located in Rully in the Côte Chalonnaise in Burgundy. The winemaking facility is located at and makes good use of an old quarry site just outside the village, with the quite cool cellars dug into the solid rock there. This cuvée, the Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs, represents just over ⅔ of the production here and, as such, is thankfully most always available now here in beautiful downtown Austin! Produce of about 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Aligoté, all hand-picked from the Côte Chalonnaise, Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. Really lovely slate of aromas suggestive of toast and orchard fruits, say pêche de vigne, apricot, green apple then, closer to the ground, fresh grapes on chalky limestone soils; full, vibrant, expansive mousse that then spreads itself richly on the tongue with flavors of toasted orchard fruits a most expressive and satisfying reprise of those first whiffs. This is ultra-satisfying and flavorful sparkling wine for a very attractive price. Champagne on the cheap? Nah! This is Crémant de Bourgogne that'll do you proud. Do come and get it!

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case

Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs Rosé

And simply superb in pink as well. Produce of 100% Côte Chalonnaise Pinot Noir fruit. The color here is a lovely rose to sunset orange pink at the edges; aromas that define allure, you can almost smell the refreshment to come, with a pinch of spice and a kiss of red berry and a real sense of that wonderful stony Burgundian wine-growing soil underpinning; this one has both body and refreshingness as well as something that simply piques, perhaps pinches, but certainly imbues the imbiber with the feeling of having consumed ever so well with a nervy freshness and spiced red berry flavors that linger in most welcome reprise. This is like bottled joie de vivre. Get some!

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case

Paul Chollet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé

Produced of fruit from vineyards in the Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits and the Hautes Côtes, the blending of which offers all the balance, generosity, and strength of character of the Burgundian terroir as demonstrated by its most noble vine, the Pinot noir: lovely sunset peach-skin pink to rose red with glints of copper in color; aromas redolent of Pinot noir with typical red berry fruits, say strawberry, raspberry, and cherry all, a veritable cornucopia of baies rouges mélangées; fine, persistent yet delicate sparkle, fresh and easy on the palate, this is hyper-refreshing, so delicious and just begging another pull. Fine, fine bubbles from Burgundy! Ain't life grand?

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case

Ca del Bosco Brut Cuvée Prestige Franciacorta Ca del Bosco Brut Cuvée Prestige Franciacorta

Produce of 75% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Nero and 10% Pinot Bianco from 134 vineyards in the Franciacorta area of Lombardia in northern Italy. In our humble opinion, the bubblies of Franciacorta are among the few sparkling wines on the planet to give Champagne a real run for its money. Bright, lustrous, straw golden in color with the finest of tiny bubbles, delicate aromas that subtly suggest brioche dough and lemon curd on lightly toasted baguette; fine light creamy textured, round and supple on the tongue with a delicate and refined sparkle and subtle citrus and toast flavors that last long.

$32.50 the bottle $165.78 the case of six

Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut

Roederer Estate was founded in 1981 by France's Champagne Louis Roederer in Mendocino County's cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley. The "multi-vintage" Anderson Valley Brut debuted in 1988 to great acclaim. The unchallenged favorite 'round here among California bubblies, Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut well reflects its Champagne origins, too. This is a new world wine to be sure, but mirroring the style of its sister house in Champagne with its use of oak-aged reserve wines, Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut strikes an elegant balance between fresh and vivacious and bold and richly flavorful.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case

Vouvray Brut Domaine d'Orfeuilles Vouvray Brut Domaine d'Orfeuilles

The Loire Valley is also known as the garden of France. For those of us keen on the best in bubbles but not always wanting to spend the bucks for Champagne, the Loire Valley also represents among the best places to seek high quality suds. Domaine d'Orfeuilles Vouvray Brut is a luminous yellow-gold with reflections of silver in color with a bevy of fine persistent bubbles; classic aromas suggestive of toast, brioche, citrus preserve and freshly dew-moistened chalky limestone; at once vivid and crisp and full and round on the tongue, with depth and length of flavor that belies its friendly price.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

Adriano Adami Prosecco Treviso Garbèl Brut

Garbèl, which in ancient local dialect means a dry, crisp, pleasantly tart wine, is produced from the hilly vineyards in the Colli Trevigiani area, where the cool nights and hot days are ideal for expressing the typical fruit notes of the Prosecco grape. A wonderfully versatile sparkler, Garbèl’s 13 grams of residual sugar place it between the Brut and Extra Dry styles: lucid, platinum in color; vibrant and fresh aromas pull one in with suggestion of orchard fruits like yellow plum and pear (it is, of course, the Prosecco grape); vivid, frothy, crisp and mouthwatering on the tongue with just a hint of minerality; leaves the palate fully refreshed and ready. Unpretentious, unaffected, engaging and refreshing, Adami Garbèl is our go-to Prosecco.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case

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