Holiday Wine, Part 2 – More Sparkling Wines

By Glen Frederiksen

What with the Holiday season upon us and all, it is a little hard to stay focused on the job at hand. Work commitments, shopping, family, friends, and celebratory parties all conspire to keep the diligent wine blogger from making his appointed rounds.

But nothing could keep me away from the December 20 wine luncheon at Marché Bacchus. Beside the insanely good food provided in the three course lunch, ten high-end sparkling wines and Champagnes were slated to be served. With great gastro-intestinal fortitude, the Happy Cooker and I forced ourselves to partake in the luncheon offerings.

From left, John Smith and Beth Williams of Wirtz Beverage join Your Humble Scribe

From left, John Smith and Beth Williams of Wirtz Beverage join Your Humble Scribe

Let’s dispense with a description of the dishes served. All were excellent, with plates piled high with tasty fare. One would be hard-pressed to consume all of the food at any of these wine lunches at Marché Bacchus, wine or no. The lunch itself is already a bargain; the wine is a delightful bonus. So on to the tasting notes!

Below are my on-the-fly scribblings as each one ounce pour was presented. It is a great cross-section of the world of sparkling wine – both Old World and New World, different countries, different styles, various grape varietals. In other words, something for everyone’s palate preferences. Since the tastes were poured in regular wine glasses, I was unable to evaluate the mousse and beads.

Angelo Reyes, Marche Bacchus Sommelier

Angelo Reyes, Marche Bacchus Sommelier

All are available for purchase at Marché Bacchus, either to dine in with or to take home for your own festivities.

2006 Duval-Leroy “Design Parts” by Leroy Neiman Brut, Champagne
Artist Leroy Neiman was a good friend of Carol Duval-Leroy and designed this bottle for the Cuvée Paris series. The initial impression is of toast and lees in the nose. There is crisp acidity on first sip, then it turns creamy with a caramel kiss. Some baked apple, and a strange herbal note.
Marché Bacchus price: $32.99 (December 2014)
Wine Lines rating: 89

NV Poema Cava Brut Rosé, Cataluña, Spain
In today’s marketplace, the wines of Spain represent good value. This is a delightful sparkling wine made from the rare red grape Trepat. Aromas and flavors of plump red berries and rose hips are held in check by a crisp acidity, followed by a noticeable crystal minerality from the limestone soils the grapes are grown in. A Wine Lines Value Vino.
Marché Bacchus price: $15.99 (December 2014)
Wine Lines rating: 89

NV Ca’ del Bosco Cuvée Prestige, Italy
A pretty sparkler from Chardonnay grapes that delivers ample baked apple, nuts, and caramel notes, with a final whiff of honey. Lively on the palate, with a lingering finish.
Marché Bacchus price: $35.99 (December 2014)
Wine Lines rating: 90

NV Domaine Carneros Brut, California
A lovely estate property in the Carneros region of California’s North Coast, it is owned by the prestigious Champagne house Taittinger. A refined style, with moderate aromas and flavors of white flowers, apple, citrus, toast and vanilla. It has a crisp entry to the palate, then rounds out to a creamy finish. New World fruit with Old World refinement.
Marché Bacchus price: $31.99 (December 2014)
Wine Lines rating: 91

2011 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Brut, California
Ample bright citrus, crisp pear, and white flowers. Initial juicy entry turns creamy. A clean and refreshing style of bubbly.
Marché Bacchus price: $35.99 (December 2014)
Wine Lines rating: 90

NV Ayala “Brut Majeur” Rosé, Champagne
A beautiful salmon color. The aromas and flavors are delicate and feminine for a rosé, with wisps of almond, cherry, and white raspberry. Well knit and oh-so-drinkable.
Marché Bacchus price: $55.99 (December 2014)
Wine Lines rating: 91

NV Pierre Péters “Cuvée de Réserve” Blanc de Blancs Brut, Champagne
A classic Champagne nose – in all of the good ways. Toast, lees, bread, nuts and red apple aromas and flavors show good complexity. Perfectly knit together, with a persistent finish. This was a new producer for me, but I will be on the lookout for it in the future.
Marché Bacchus price: $73.99 (December 2014)
Wine Lines rating: 93

NV Vilmart & Cie “Cuvée Rubis” Brut Rosé, Champagne
More than most Champagnes, this Rosé communicates a sense of terroir. A blend of 90% Pinot noir and 10% Chardonnay grapes that receive wood aging prior to transforming into bubbly. Lots of ripe apple, cherry, raspberry, and a ghostly whiff of honey waft in and out of the glass. Juicy on the palate, with a long afterflavor. Power and refinement in a glass.
Marché Bacchus price: $95.99 (December 2014)
Wine Lines rating: 93

NV Varnier-Fanniére “Cuvée Saint Denis” Blanc de Blancs, Champagne
It has a seductive nose of rich baked brioche, almonds, citrus, and candied apple. The initial mouthfeel is steely, then the ample acidity gets the juices flowing. It has an amazingly clean finish. Purity of expression makes this stand out from the crowd.
Marché Bacchus price: $85.99 (December 2014)
Wine Lines rating: 92

NV Marenco “Pineto” Brachetto d’Acqui, Italy
What a pleasant surprise! Imagine Asti Spumante, but made with red grapes and without the cloying, candied viscosity. Ta da! That is Brachetto d’Acqui. Neon coral color. Can roses be honeyed? One whiff will have you convinced. Add in some red berries and notes of geranium. Throw in a creamy mouthfeel. What do you have? The perfect celebratory sparkler for your next Big Event. I will definitely be opening one this New Year’s Eve.
March´´Bacchus price: $26.99 (December 2014)
Wine Lines rating: 94

Marché Bacchus is located at:

2620 Regatta Drive, Suite #106

Las Vegas, NV 89128

(702) 804-8008

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