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Wine of the week: Langlois Brut Rose Cremant de Loire 

Loire Valley, France

Retail $22-$24

This award-winning rose cremant is produced by the Langlois-Chateau winery, which has long specialized in sparkling wines. Maison Bollinger acquired majority ownership in the estate in 1973 and increased its capacity, expanding its vineyards to more than 175 acres on slopes overlooking the Loire River. This Cremant de Loire Brut is made with hand-harvested cabernet Franc grapes from vines planted in the chalky, clay terroir around Montreuil-Bellay and Le Puy-Notre-Dame. Fruit was gently pressed and vinified in temperature-regulated stainless steel tanks. A second fermentation occured in the bottle, and the wine matured on its lees for 18 months, followed by a year of bottle-aging before release. In the glass, it offers aromas of fresh red berries and yeasty notes. On the palate, taste delicate flavors of raspberry, strawberry, a hint of cranberry and vibrant acidity. Drink it with baked ham, deep-fried turkey or chicken, fleshy fish, shrimp remoulade, oysters and crabmeat ravigote. Buy it at: Swirl Wine Bar & Market and The Wine Seller. Drink it at: Galatoire's Restaurant, Antoine's Restaurant and Balise.


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