Still searching for the perfect Summer wine? I've got you covered because the Bugey-Cerdon La Cueille French sparkling wine is the best Summer wine of all time! This bubbly wine is quite surprising with an incredibly girly color but a flavor that everyone will love. The Bugey-Cerdon La Cueille is not overly sweet with pops of mouthwatering strawberry and honey crisp apple. The bubbles in your flute will seemingly carry on forever as you cheers to the end of Summer. The best part about this wine is that you can find it for around $20. Cheers to that!
I first tried the Bugey-Cerdon La Cueille sparkling wine at Binkley's, where Mark and I enjoyed a wine pairing with our 23-course dinner. Our first course was a hibiscus foam with yogurt dipped asparagus, and accompanying the dish was a gorgeous wine flute filled with something pink and bubbly. The dish was incredible and the pairing was absolutely perfect but I was entranced by the wine! The color was so vibrant, the bubbles lasted for so long, and the flavor was a delicious semi-sweet champagne. We asked the Sommelier about the wine and she told us all about what makes this wine so special and one of the best Summer wines!
There are a few things that make this wine so special. First, the region of Savoie Bugey France is located near the borders of Switzerland and Italy, and has been making wine since Roman times. The Bugey wine region also has a very unique climate where you can find both snow and warm-weathered palm trees on the same horizon. The region is also known for their local, small batch wineries, with the Bugey-Cerdon La Cueille winery only producing 4,000 cases a year.
For its unforgettable bubbles, the Bugey-Cerdon La Cueille winemakers use the oldest sparkling wine method, méthode ancestrale. This traditional double fermentation technique occurs when the wine is partially fermented, then bottled and continues to ferment until the natural sugars have disappeared. Méthode ancestrale uses no added sugar for fermentation and is very risky, requiring a winemaker who has experience and extensive knowledge about this process. From the hand picked grapes, to the fermentation technique and batch size, it's so exciting that this wine comes at such an enticing price point!
How can you get your hands on this incredible Summer wine? Mark bought a few bottles from Wine Library and I also found a site called Wine Empire that had similar pricing. And in case you were wondering, no, this post is not sponsored. I just truly love this wine and know you will love it too. Cheers to Summer and cheers to the Bugey-Cerdon La Cueille!