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Clos du Bois

Clos du Bois
2017 Lightly Bubbled Off-Dry, Chardonnay, California

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: 3.9%
80 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$12.99

Clos du Bois
2017 Lightly Bubbled Off-Dry, Chardonnay, California

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: 3.9%
Emerald straw color. Curious aromas of brown butter, spinach, boiled apples, and banana peel with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, crisp orange cordial, raspberry lip balm, paperboard, and sponge finish. A curious sparkler with redeeming sweetness.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Funky
Aroma Aroma: brown butter, spinach, boiled apples, and banana peel
Taste Flavor: orange cordial, raspberry lip balm, paperboard, and sponge
Sweetness Sweetness: Moderately Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Camembert, Chicken Kebobs, Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A curious sparkler with redeeming sweetness.

The Producer or Importer

Constellation Wines US

The Producer or  Importer
1265 Battery St. Ste. 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
1 888-659-7900

Other Sparkling

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Serve in a Champagne Flute
Sparkling wine covers many countries, grape types and quality levels. What all of these wines have in common are bubbles.

How the bubbles get there define the type and quality of the sparkling wine. The most famous sparkling wine of course is Champagne, from the eponymous region in France. These are made by what is known as the Champagne or "classic" method, where the secondary fermentation that produces the sparkle is done in an individual bottle. Other sparkling wines that use this method include Franciacorta and Alta Langa in Italy as well as Cava from Spain.

Other sparkling wines are made when the bubbles (or carbonation) is created in large tanks. While there are many inexpensive, simple sparkling wines made in this method, there are some excellent examples, most notably Prosecco.

Sparkling wines in many cases are meant to be drunk upon release, although the best examples of Champagne can age well for more than a decade. As sparkling wine is celebratory in nature, it is often used for toasting a special event, such as an anniversary or birthday. Yet the finest dry sparking wines work beautifully with a huge array of foods. These wines are arguably the finest food wines in the world.