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2011 Gérard Bertrand Crémant de Limoux Brut Rosé Sparkling 

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Retail $14-17

Crafted in the Languedoc's Crémant de Limoux, this wine was made in the methode traditionelle, still mostly known as the methode champenoise only in the Champagne region. This wine is a blend of 70 percent chardonnay, 20 percent Chenin blanc and 10 percent pinot noir. Nicely priced, elegant and well structured, the wine expresses the finesse of the chardonnay in its fine bubbles and delicate fruit aromas, the balanced acidity from the Chenin blanc, and the pale salmon hue from the pinot noir. In the glass, a subtle bouquet with floral notes, faint scents of strawberry, raspberry and pear leads into refreshing tastes of citrus, red berry fruit, brioche, and nuances of minerality on the crisp, clean lingering finish. Serve chilled. A delightful aperitif and delicious pairing with foie gras, oysters, shellfish, grilled or smoked fish, truffled cheeses and desserts. Buy it at: Whole Foods Markets on Magazine Street and in Metairie and Swirl Wine Bar and Market. — BRENDA MAITLAND


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