A Brut Zero Loire Sparkler

by Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng
August 16, 2007

Domaine de la Taille aux Loups Triple Zero label

Union Square Wines
140 4th Ave
@ 13th St
New York, NY 10003

153 E 57th St
(Lexington & 3rd Aves)
New York, NY 10022

This bone-dry, 100% Chenin Blanc sparkling wine from Domaine de la Taille aux Loups is every bit as sophisticated as champagne. Producer Jacky Blot prides himself on skipping any addition of sugar in the three steps of the winemaking process where it could be added. Look out for the newly designed label cleverly marketing this wine as “Triple Zéro.” Only hand-selected ripe Chenin grapes are picked and barrel-fermented. This is a deliciously rare Montlouis pétillant from the Loire valley. About $24.

Pairings: It’s a perfect before-dinner sipper, but I also imagine this bubbly to be a good oyster companion (with either raw or fried).

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