Until recently, I had no experience with Cremant de Provence. I do love sparkling wines and enjoy thinking outside the Champagne box. And since it’s the time of year for dry style rose wines, particularly those from Provence (and since I rep for an importer here in New York that distributes some excellent Cotes de Provence rose), I had the opportunity to try some.
The Domaine Saint Andre de Figuiere 2010 “Atmosphere” Cremant de Provence is an extra-brut sparkling rose made from Cinsault and Grenache, a fascinating blend for a sparkling wine. The color is a very pale salmon pink, and the wine shows characteristics of mostly barely ripened fruits, including white citrus, peach, green apple, and strawberry. The bubbles are very fine and the wine is so light, crisp, and clean - it’s a lovely sparkling wine, very unique and beautiful, and perfect for the warmer months.