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Simonnet-Febvre Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Rose 

Bourgogne, France

Retail $17-$20

Those looking for affordable pink bubbly for Valentine's Day should consider Cremant — French sparkling wines made in the methode traditionelle but outside the Champagne region, In 1840, Jean Febvre founded the winery that is now Maison Simonnet-Febvre in the Chablis region. It produces sparkling wines from 20-year-old high-altitude vineyards in the Yonne area. The vineyards feature soils composed of clay and limestone. Pinot noir grapes are hand harvested, whole-cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine is blended and bottled, with secondary fermentation in the bottle. After nine months of aging, the sediment is removed and liqueur de tirage, a dose of sugar syrup and yeast dissolved in still wine, is added. In the glass, one senses lively effervescence and delicate aromas of red fruit, citrus and yeast. On the palate, taste strawberry, tart apple, hints of watermelon and cranberry, toast and minerality. Drink it is as an aperitif or with foie gras, shellfish, caviar, truffle cheese, smoked salmon, tuna tartare, grilled fish, light meats and fruity desserts. Buy it at: Faubourg Wines and Martin Wine Cellar. Drink it at: The Franklin, Luke, SoBou and Chateau du Lac in Metairie and the Warehouse District. ­— BRENDA MAITLAND


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