Dry sparkling wine lovers, your “sip” has come in. The Gruet Blanc de Blancs Sauvage, affectionately nicknamed “Sauvage” by winemaker Laurent Gruet, has emerged powerfully the critical spotlight this year.
The Dec. 31, 2015 edition of Wine Spectator named this zero-dosage sparkler among its Top 100 Best Values (under $20) of 2015, with the magazine’s bubbles critic Tim Fish describing the wine as “appealing, with aromas of baked apple and cinnamon that lead to zesty flavors of dusty lemon, hazelnut and spice.” Just preceding this, International Wine Review published its comprehensive 2015 American Sparkling Wine report. In it, the Sauvage was named to its list of “America’s Top Rated Sparkling Wines” and bestowed a 90-point score! In spring, critic Anthony Dias Blue recommended the wine “clean, fresh and charming; bright, racy and balanced” and named it a by-the-glass value as part of his reviews for The Tasting Panel.
Made from 100% Chardonnay, the non vintage, Gruet Sauvage is a bone-dry sparkler, pale straw in color with a delicate but persistent mousse. “The mineral aromas and flavors of bright citrus pair well with oysters, sushi and cream sauces,” said Winemaker Laurent Gruet.
The top line retail price for the Sauvage is $19.99 per bottle.
Gruet Winery has been producing award-winning methode champenoise sparkling wines in Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1989. Learn more at www.gruetwinery.com.