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Not Just Red Wine Country – Bordeaux Produces The Bubbly

Cuvee de l'Abbaye is produced entirely from Semillon, one of the most important and unique grapes of southwestern France

Bordeaux is unequivocally famous for red wines, but low and behold there are other types of wine produced within the Bordeaux appellation, including sparkling wines. While not as complex as their counterparts from Champagne, sparkling wines from Bordeaux offer much in the way of value, flavor, and food applicability.

All sparking wines from Bordeaux are labeled, “Crémant de Bordeaux”, and can be produced using the following white grapes: Muscadelle, Sauvignon Blanc, and Sémillon, White Riesling, Colombard, Mauzac, Ondenc, and Ugni Blanc. One of the leading labels is Jaillance Crémant de Bordeaux “Cuvée de l’Abbaye” Brut NV. Produced entirely from Semillon, the wine is light and frothy with notes of apples, peaches, and herbs – great for any spread of hors d’oeuvres, cheeses, and even fish entrees. For those looking to explore another side of Bordeaux, try some of the region’s sparkling wines and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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