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  • By David Furer, CWE
    September 15, 2010, (See more on Sommelier Journal...)

    (NV Gruet Blanc de Blancs Sauvage, New Mexico) In 1982, Champenois Gilbert Gruet and family decided to branch out from their Côte de Sézanne village to make sparkling wines in the United States. After passing on California and Texas, they chose the higher altitude, poorer soils, and lesser costs of New Mexico. (In July, Gruet’s children, Nathalie and Laurent, purchased the west Texas Cap*Rock Winery for a steep $6.5 million, with the intention of retooling it for more bubblies.) This new product is an ’07 Chardonnay (though no vintage or grape is indicated) that is fermented without malolactic conversion and sees only stainless steel and 24 months of bottle age before disgorgement. It’s bone dry, with a closed nose, a lemony and grippy palate, and a long finish. Beautifully crafted and punching well above its weight for the money. Hot Picks

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