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Bubbles for Valentine’s Day


Moselle Vineyard, Image by Julie Littlefield, Flickr

Chateau de Vaux is produced in the region of Lorraine which is located in the extreme north-eastern portion of France.  Located along the banks of the Moselle river in France this is the same Mosel river which also winds its way through Germany and Luxembourg.  This region once supplied grapes for Champagne in the 19th century and after the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, provided wine for German Sekt.

Recommended by Phil at MacArthur Beverages we opened this bottle earlier in the week.  At first I found the bubbles too aggressive but when I resampled a glass last night, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  For Jenn this dry wine is satisfying and what she looks forward to in a post-work glass of bubbly.  This is an affordable selection that you may drink now or over the next couple of years.

NV Chateau de Vaux, Alerions, Brut Blanc de Blancs, Moselle – $16
Imported by Potomac Selections.  This wine is 50% Auxerrois and 50% Pinot Gris.  One the third night the color is a light, sandy straw.  The nose is slightly ripe with green fruit and biscuit.  In the mouth there are prominent bubbles pushing forth yellow fruit then a rapid expansion as the bubbles effervesce into an almost creamy mouth feel.  The finish has hints of ripeness and some spice in the aftertaste.  A pleasant wine that I would cellar for a year or two.

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