Saint-Hilaire 2000 Blanquette de Limoux ($10.00)
Subtitled "Brut" (very dry) and "Blanc de Blancs" (white wine from white grapes), this sparkling wine is made by the traditional method from the Mauzac grape in Limoux in Southwestern France. Clear, pale-gold in color, it pours with a frothy mousse that falls back quickly, leaving a lazy but persistent fountain of bubbles in the glass. Apples and a whiff of rising bread dough combine in a fruity, yeasty aroma that carries over on the palate with a creamy, fizzy mouthfeel and an appley flavor that's barely sweet and very tart. Lemony acidity lingers in a long, clean finish. US Importer: Jack Poust & Company Inc., NYC. (Dec 30, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Good as an aperitif, good for toasting, and good with just about any food match but rare red meat. It went nicely with a simple bowl of homemade bean soup.

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