Gérard Bertrand 2012 “Cuvee Thomas Jefferson” Cremant de Limoux Brut ($17.99)

GĂ©rard BertrandThis sparkling blend of Chardonnay (70%), Chenin Blanc (15%), Mauzac (10%) and Pinot Noir (5%) shows a clear, pale straw color in the glass. A frothy white mousse bubbles up but falls back fast; but a steady stream of pinpoint bubbles lasts and lasts. Delicate, pleasant white fruit on the nose: Green figs, maybe, and a hint of dates, with subtle pears in the background. Carbonation and crisp acidity start the flavor with a palate-cleansing effect, then simple white fruit follows the nose, with just a hint of fresh green herbs that lingers into a long, clean finish. U.S. importer: Wine West LLC, Sausalito, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2016)

FOOD MATCH: Good dry sparkling wines go with just about anything. I might not suggest it first with a juicy rare steak, but it would work even there. It was excellent with the flavors of a garlicky spinach and walnut pesto with goat cheese over farfalle pasta.

WHEN TO DRINK: I wouldn’t recommend cellaring this simple French sparkler, but you don’t have to rush to drink it up. This 2012 model is doing just fine.

VALUE: My local price is within reach of the $16 average U.S. retail price shown onWine-Searcher.com. This wine is competitive with many basic non-vintage Champagnes that start around $50 or so, so I’d call it an excellent value at any point below $20 or so.

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