Skip to main content
Wine Finds: Méthode champenoise sparkling wine from Argentina
WINE FINDS

Wine Finds: Méthode champenoise sparkling wine from Argentina

  • 0
{{featured_button_text}}

Torrontés, Argentina’s signature white grape variety, produces wines that are quite aromatic. But don’t let the sweet, floral fragrance fool you. These wines are usually dry and often have a distinctive spicy character. Although the torrontés wines we find in our market are usually still wines, there are also sparkling styles available. The following is an example. It’s compared with another Argentine sparkler made from chardonnay and pinot noir. Both are made through the méthode champenoise, the same process used to make real French Champagne.

Bodega Tapiz Torrontés Extra Brut, Mendoza, Argentina

Bought • Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard, in July for $14.99

Description • This aromatic sparkler was produced by Jean-Claude Berrouet, the retired chief winemaker at the famous Château Pétrus in Bordeaux’s Pomerol region, and Fabián Valenzuela, who previously worked at the highly regarded Bodega Catena Zapata. Lemony, spicy and refreshing, the wine is labeled extra brut, meaning that it’s drier than a regular brut. It’s a high-acid, medium-bodied sparkler that would go well with oysters and other shellfish. Its spiciness would also make it a good pair with Indian and Asian cuisine.

Bodega Cruzat Rosé Brut, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

Bought • Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard, in July for $14.99

Description • One of Bodega Cruzat’s founders is Pedro Rosell, who is known as Argentina’s “King of Bubbles” because of his expertise in sparkling wine production. He is one of the winemakers behind this brut rosé along with Lorena Mulet, who has devoted her career to specializing in sparkling wine. A blend of 80% pinot noir and 20% chardonnay, this is an elegant, pale salmon-colored wine that tastes of fresh red fruit and ends with a long and lively citrus finish. It can be enjoyed as an aperitif or with fish and white meat as well as dessert.

Follow Gail on Twitter @GailAppleson.

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

Trending

Blues News

Breaking News

Cardinals News

Daily 6

National Breaking News

Sports