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Domaine Bouhélier Crémant de Bourgogne Terroirs Châtillonnais Brut NV Wine - Last Bottle

Domaine Bouhélier Crémant de Bourgogne Terroirs Châtillonnais Brut NV

A magnificently rare and collectible sparkling wine for under $30 is cause for celebration. This Crémant de Bourgogne from the phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes village of Châtillonnais – under a mile from Champagne’s Mussy-sur-Seine – tastes almost identical to Champagne from the Aube, but for a fraction of the price.

$27
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Flavor Profile: Raspberries, golden apples, almonds
Time on Lees: 24 months
Dosage: 6.5 g/L g/L
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices

Why We Love It...

New house bubbly, anyone? Domaine Bouhélier was one of the first to plant when Châtillonnais was included in the Burgundy region in 1987, and they’ve been making some of Burgundy’s very best sparkling wines ever since! This remarkably delicious and impressively layered Crémant de Bourgogne devilishly over-delivers for the stupendous $27 price tag.

Châtillonnais is about as close as you can be to Champagne without actually being in it, sitting less than a mile south of Champagne’s southernmost village, Mussy-sur-Seine. Sylvain Bouhélier wasted little time making the jump into sparkling wine production once the Burgundy map was rewritten to include Châtillonnais in the revered Cote d'Or.

This unknown and all but abandoned wine region had more than 2,000 years of wine production history, with the exact same Kimmeridgian soils that are prevalent throughout Chablis and most of the Aube region in southern Champagne. Wiped out by phylloxera over a century past, the region was never rebuilt – as it had never achieved the brand and marketing prowess of Champagne or the great sites of Burgundy. In less than 40 years, things are changing quickly, and all in good ways...Châtillonnais has earned a reputation for producing some of the best crémants in all of Burgundy, and Domaine Bouhélier is a big part of that. 

This wine utilizes three of Champagne’s noble grapes –  65% pinot noir, 25% chardonnay, and 10% pinot blanc from the family's seven hectares of vineyards and spread across five villages within Châtillonnais. The winemaking is hand-in-hand with classic Champagne – fruit is hand-harvested and pressed off in a Coquard press, with the resulting juice fermented in stainless steel and allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation. The base wines are then aged and blended before bottling on the lees for a full 2 years (double the requirement for Crémant de Bourgogne and a full 9 months longer than required by Champagne). Disgorgement is accompanied by a dosage of 6.5 grams per liter – balancing the intense acidity to create a fresh, yet round bubbly.

In the glass, you’d be hard-pressed to convince yourself this is anything other than Champagne from the Aube. The pinot noir dominant blend yields berry accents of raspberries and cherries, with accentuating notes of almonds and hazelnuts. Golden apples, D’Anjou pears, lemon curd, and marzipan round things out – making for a wildly delicious, intricately layered bubbly that exceeds expectations in a big way! You can’t find this anywhere else in the States – certainly not for $27 – and our only wish is that we had more to go round! This next-door neighbor to Champagne is simply perfect for anytime drinking...all year long.

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Appellation: Crémant de Bourgogne
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: 65% pinot noir, 25% chardonnay, 10% pinot blanc
Winemaker: Sylvain Bouhélier
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices
Alcohol: 12%
Pair it with: Late night gatherings around a campfire

About the Producer

In 1988, the Bouhélier family planted its first vines in Cahumont-le-Bois which is now the Châtillonnais vineyard. Together, Anne, Sylvain and Paul Bouhélier farm and make the wine at the estate. Their vineyard neighbors the Champagne region and is farmed sustainably.

Domaine Bouhélier Crémant de Bourgogne Terroirs Châtillonnais Brut NV

$27
$40

Retail

33

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