Les Vignobles Foncalieu (a union of co-operatives), Les Petites Perles, Chardonnay, Brut, Vin Mousseux de Qualite, France, NV
This wine: lot No. LSB91307 (below rear label), varietal chardonnay, methode traditionelle, agglomerate natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, Les Caveaux d’Ensérune, Capestang, €8.60 (11/19)
Consumer tasting note: a quaffing, off-dry, properly made sparkling chardonnay, fairly simple, but not uninteresting, with a profile of hay, crystallised lemon, and a touch of honey. Medium bodied, with quite fresh acidity, and a medium length.
Drink now – RTD, consume within a year, perhaps two – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing small bubbles [no deposit].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of hay, crystallised lemon, a hint of honey.
Palate: off-dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, a very low-key grip, with flavours of lemon pith, cystallised lemon, hay. A medium length, with a clean citrus-hay finish. A creamy mousse with a short persistence.
Quality: good, well balanced acidity with alcohol and residual sugar, harmonious; of modest quality throughout – intensity and concentration, with fairly simple complexity, and a medium length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing – drink within a year or two – balanced now, with a sound acid structure, made for early consumption.