You may have wondered at some point in your life what the difference between Champagne and sparkling wine is. Well, the former is always French and made the in Champagne region of France. If the label states “méthode traditionalle” it means it is made in the style of French Champagne (secondary fermentation in the bottle), but made anywhere else in the world. Generally in the United States on the west coast. So, it is with Domaine Chandon, located in Yountville, California.
There is a difference in flavor between Champagne and sparkling wine, but hey, they’re both bubbly and fun! The particular version called Délice (delight) is a slightly sweet sparkling wine (a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes) that is perfect for your holiday parties or special occasions. Best, of all, it won’t kill your budget at a retail of $22 a bottle.
Délice (12.5% abv)
Medium sweet, with a small and reticent effervescence, this is a sparkling wine that goes with virtually everything. Especially good for the holidays, the flavor cuts through heavy cream and sweet fruit based desserts and cheeses and adds a refreshing change of pace. Even though this is marketed as a demi-sec, it seems more like a sec to me. Which adds to its appeal. You really can’t go wrong with this, especially for those imbibers who aren’t snobbish about what they are handed. The GSN staff approves!
GSN Rating: B
For more information go to: Chandon