The nose of the Jules Bertier was delicate and clean, with nice bubbles that weren’t overly fine (the best quality Champagne is supposed to have very fine bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass in a steady stream). But the palate was quite delightful — light and crisp with hints of green apple and peaches. There was nothing challenging about this wine, and it would be fun to pop a bottle as an aperitif or brunch wine.
non-vintage sparkling wine from France’s Loire Valley. This region is best known for the white grape Chenin Blanc. Caves de Grenelle, which produces this cuvee, grows Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. Since this wine is called “Blanc de Blancs,” which indicates an all-white-grape blend, this must be made from Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. The winery has a long tradition, founded in 1859, and is known for producing fine Cremant de Loire (sparkling wines from the Loire region).