La Vieille Ferme Réserve Brut Sparkling is made from chardonnay vines, planted on limestone soils, which provides the minerality and freshness that define French wines. Once blended, the wines are rested on their lees with regular bâtonnage (stirring). This process creates an autolysis that is critical to the sensorial development, the company says, bringing roundness and aromas of hazelnut. A floral nose leads to a palate of white stone fruit (peach) and a hint of brioche.
La Vieille Ferme Réserve Rosé Brut is also made from vines planted on limestone soils, which allows the roots to draw the necessary freshness and water they need to provide good acidity, the company says. The main varieties are grenache and cinsault — vinified by direct pressing — and pinot noir. Once blended, the wines are rested in stainless steel tanks. A nose of fresh red fruit (raspberry, wild strawberry) gives way to a palate of citrus (pomelo) and white flowers.
The suggested retail price for both wines isn $16.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
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Author: Kyle Swartz