To celebrate the fact that my 2006 red wine is nearing the bottle, I popped a bottle of NV Domaine Labbe Brut Vin de Savoie Methode Traditionnelle. That's French for delicious sparkling wine from the Savoie.
It has a fine frothy mousse with crisp, fresh aromas of yellow fruits and stones. The flavors are similar with a lemony tang, so lively and pure with tantalizing minerality. Yes, that word's thrown around way too much. But this wine shows that unmistakeable stony flavor that you simply don't find in many (any?) local wines. Dry but not austere, my less educated palate regarding vins des Savoie might guess this was good Loire sparkling wine. For something like $14, this is stealing.