Crémant de Bourgogne "La Sentinelle" Extra Brut, Parigot
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Crémant de Bourgogne "La Sentinelle" Extra Brut, Parigot - NV

Item # 19781 750mL

Parigot & Richard has been making Méthode Champenoise Crémant in Savigny-Les-Beaune for five generations. Most of the Chardonnay grapes come from vineyards at the top of the slope. The wine aged sur latte for 3 years before disgorging. Yes, with caviar.

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Parigot & Richard have been making methode Champenoise crémant in Savigny-Les-Beaune for five generations. Despite being Burgundy's only appellation where blending is allowed, fermentation of varietals is still done separately and all in stainless steel. Although never specified, all of their wines are single vintage expressions and time on the lees varies on the nature of each year. La Sentinelle is a blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Aligote, fitting into a blanc de blancs theme. Very lithe and sleek, this wine really expresses itself with green tea, mint, and orchard fruit elements with precise, zingy acidity and a brisk energy to it that lends itself for an incredibly fresh, exuberant sipper. Crémants like this are a gem when the budget doesn't fall into Champagne territory.


Pairing Advice

It pairs nicely with Edel de Cleron, an oozing, alpine cow’s-milk cheese available online at Murray’s Cheese.



The range of wine styles offered in Burgundy rivals that of any other region. In Chablis, Chardonnay is left unoaked to produce lean, crisp, steely wines with incredible acidity - a far cry from the vanilla-oak bombs that so many consumers associate with this grape. Fans of rich, unctuous, and well-oaked Chardonnay will enjoy Chassagne-Montrachet, whose age-worthy offerings offer all the fatness of a California wine, yet retain a very Burgundian, mineral-driven core and great acidity....

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The "other" white grape of Burgundy, Aligoté plays a struggling second fiddle to the regal white grape of the region, Chardonnay. Older Aligoté vines have been known to produce wines of high quality, displaying lovely citrusy and at times nutty characteristics - but even so, the remaining plantings of the grape are fast being uprooted to make even more space for the cultivation of Chardonnay.


From Champagne to Chablis, it's hard (not to mention unpleasant) to avoid this famous white variety. During a huge popularity surge beginning in the late 1980s, Chardonnay plantings have increased dramatically -- not only in California's wine country, with which the variety is nearly synonymous, but also in Burgundy (its original, Old World home) and just about everywhere else in the winemaking world. It is a flexible, eager-to-please grape, responding well to just about anything a winemaker...

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