2020 Verméil Demi-Sec

Verméil (vehr-MAY) is a Demi-Sec, or lightly sweet sparkling wine, named for the delicate technique of plating sterling silver with a thin layer of gold. When sparkling champagne was first created in the latter part of the 17th century, sugar was flooding into Europe from Brazil, the Caribbean, and eventually Louisiana. As sugar became widely available, sparkling champagne became a sweet drink. Modern tastes have driven most fine méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines to the dry side; however, in this wine, an extra touch of dosage makes for a delightful experience.

Tasting Notes

Staying true to form, our Verméil opens with aromas of pear, honeysuckle, white flowers, and a hint of almonds that beckon on a delicate mousse of bubbles. Luscious flavors evoke notes of nectarine, honeycomb, lemon angel food cake, and ginger filling the wine’s long finish and approachable mid-palate.

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Food Pairings

Our 2019 Verméil accompanies well with sweet desserts, such as panna cotta or snickerdoodle cookies, and even savory entrees like a spicy Thai dish. This delicious wine pairs nicely with a peach burrata salad drizzled with honey and may be appreciated with brunch, before dinner, or with entrees enhanced with fruit sauces or sweet reductions. Founding winemaker Eileen Crane loves pairing this wine with a rich poundcake.

Varietal Composition

Vintage: 2020
Varietal: 57% Estate Grown Pinot Noir, 43% Estate Grown Chardonnay
Alcohol %: 12.0
pH: 3.1
Acid: 0.8g/100ml
Sugar (dosage): 2.4%

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