How best to enjoy rosé when it’s cold outside? Just add bubbles! For a great sparkling rosé try Gérard Bertrand Cuvee Thomas Jefferson Cremant de Limoux Brut Rosé 2014. For the taste and price, it can be served at a special occasion like Valentine’s Day, or add excitement to any night of the week.
Cremant is a sparkling wine produced in France outside of the Champagne region. This one comes from Limoux, in the Languedoc in southern France. On a map of France locate Paris, then trace a straight line all the way down and you’ve found it. Limoux is located just west of Narbonne, and south of Carcassonne. Limoux is said to be the region where sparkling wine originated — in 1531 monks of St. Hilaire discovered bubbles in wine.
The Languedoc offers some of the best values in wine along with a variety of grapes and styles. Gérard Bertrand is one of the best known producers of Languedoc wines available in the United States, so any of their wines are a great bet.
Gérard Bertrand Thomas Jefferson Brut Rosé is a blend of 70% Chardonnay, 15% Chenin Blanc and 15% Pinot Noir. It’s salmon-pink in color, with notes of fresh strawberry, raspberry and toasted bread.
How did Thomas Jefferson end up on the label of a French sparkling wine? If you’re a fan of the musical Hamilton you’ll know he spent time in France. If you travel throughout the Languedoc you’ll hear stories about Jefferson being a big fan of the region’s wine. I found a couple of wines named in his honor at a local wine cooperative in Saint-Georges-d’Orques, outside of Montpellier. According to Gérard Bertrand, the only sparkling wine Jefferson had in his personal cellar was from Limoux.
A bottle of the Gérard Bertrand Cuvee Thomas Jefferson Cremant de Limoux Brut Rosé costs $17.
For more information on the wines of Gérard Bertrand visit gerard-bertrand.com.
$17, 12.5% alcohol