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Michel Olivier Blanc de Blancs Brut

by Nannette Eaton on May 4, 2009

“Tiny bubbles in the wine…make me feel happy, make me feel fine.”  —  Don Ho

Michel Oliver Brut

Wine Harlots talk about a lot of sparkling wines.  We feel that even if life is not always a cabaret, the everyday should feel like a celebration.  Even lower-tier Champagnes can be expensive, our solution is crémant, which is a delicious sparkling French wine made in regions other than Champagne.  The irony is that monks of St. Hilaire in Limoux have been credited with producing the first sparkling wine in France, nearly a century-and-a-half before Dom Pierre Pérignon and his fellow monks began working their liquid magic in Champagne.  We applaud the marketing magic around the mystique of Champagne, but we don’t always want to proffer the coins needed to secure the liquid gold.

Michel Olivier Blanc de Blancs Brut Tête de Cuvée Crémant de Limoux is a delicious and affordable solution for our never ending quest for bubbles on our budget.  The flavor is delicious, a melody of crisp tart apples with a delightful toasty finish.  My favorite pairing for sparkling wine is potato chips.  Hey, don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it, trust me, it’s a fantastic and addictive high-low pairing.

The alcohol content is 12%.  It’s from Limoux in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France.  The white varietals used in this blanc de blanc are Chardonnay, Mauzac and Chenin Blanc.  We buy this frequently at one of our favorite wine stores (and wine bar!) in Carlsbad, The Wine Loft.  The price is an amazing and alluring $12.  Imported by Wine Services Limited, San Francisco.

The music pairing is “I’m Feeling You” from the album All That I Am by Santana with The Wreckers (aka Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp).  ‘Cause if you not feeling anything after drinking sparkling wine, check your pulse!