In a nutshell: A fresh, light and crisp Blanc de Blancs Crémant de Bourgogne from the top cooperative in the Mâconnais.
The lowdown: Crémants are sparkling wines made in different regions France outside of Champagne, but the method of production is the same and means the best examples certainly bear comparison to their Champenois cousins. This example from Burgundy is made by the excellent cooperative in the Mâconnais village of Prissé. Being a Blanc de Blancs it's made entirely from Chardonnay, which is the main white variety grown in Burgundy. It's dry, light and crisp with delicately perfumed and floral aromas that lead onto a clean and fresh palate with notes of white flowers, honeysuckle, peach and pear.
When to drink: Its light touch and lovely florality make it a very versatile sparkler.
Les Vignerons des Terres Secrètes is a group of 352 growers founded in 1928, with just over 1000 hectares under vine in the appellations of Mâcon, Saint-Véran and Pouilly-Fuissé. Their winery is in the Mâconnais village of Prissé.
Recently, winemaker Georges Brichon has started vinifying a number of
top sites separately in either small, stainless steel vats or in some cases
barrel-fermenting the parcels to produce a range of top-class wines from
the Mâconnais. The red wines have also improved in quality as a result of
more meticulous work in the vineyard and more precise vinification.