Jaillance Sparkling Muscat (Die, France)

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  • My Rating: [C+]

Muscat (sparkling) – Jaillance, 7% ABV – 750ml, (Die, France)

on the back label:

“Jaillance has been involved in organic farming for over 20 years, respecting nature to extract the best from its soils. The AB quality label guarantees total compliance with organic agricultural regulations, such as not using any man-made chemical products. The flavors of fresh fruit found in this cuvée make it a very pleasant wine for pre-dinner drinks. It is also very well suited for accompanying desserts.”

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A little about Clairette de Die AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) wines from wiki:

  • from Rhône Valley region
  • made from Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains (75% min) and Clairette (25% max) varietals
  • Style: (Muscat) Sparkling Wine
  • Taste: Sweet cloying fizzy apple peach acidic tangy sour
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor (W.Van)
  • How much: $23 (after 10% off) – 750ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to sparkling wine aficionados: sure, if you’ve not yet tried a Clairette de Die before

Visual: Real cork, twisty metal cap, foil sealed. Pours clear light yellow with clustered small sized, fast CO2 activity.

Nose: fruity peach & apple, minor pear. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: dense sugars, fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: big CO2 bubbles, cloying, (lvl-8)-sweetness, medium acidity-tangy/sour, (MAIN) red apple, peach, light apricot, pear.

Finish: lingering sugars & acidity, fruity sweet apple finish.

Summary: Quite fruity but also overly sticky sugars on the palate. It might work as an aperitif but a little too aggressive for me. Flavours are not bad, but unfortunately I’m comparing this to the Champagne I had on NYE.