Reviewed on 09-12-2018
Rating B+
Style Sparkling White
Blend , Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay
Vintage NV
Loire Valley
ABV 11.5%
Price $18.00 Value Pick  Buy This Wine

Perfect For

Date Night, Popping Bottles, Spicy Pairings

Drink If You Like

Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc

The Full Review

Founded in 1811, Maison Ackerman was the first winery to produce Crémant de Loire, a bubbly made in the traditional method (i.e., the same techniques used to produce Champagne). The 'Cuvée 1811' Brut is a blend of 70% Chenin Blanc, 20% Chardonnay, and 10% Cabernet Franc, aged on the lees in bottle for at least 18 months prior to disgorgement and release. The color is a pale gold, and aromas include crisp green apples and a hint of orange blossoms. The texture is both fresh and creamy, with a persistent mousse of fine bubbles, and a long, dry finish. Flavors include more green apples, lemon zest, and a hint of buttered toast. While it's not quite as complex as an actual Champagne, at $18 it's a great bargain that over-delivers. Pop it open for a special occasion, or just pop it open and make any occasion special.