Monday, 29 June 2009

Red Wine from Champagne

Bouzy Rouge is the red still wine from the Champagne region. It hails from the Grand Cru vineyards of Bouzy and is made from Pinot Noir on selected plots at mid-slope, from special old grapes which strengthen its maturity. It is light in style, is made for early drinking and can be very good. It falls under the Coteaux Champenoise Appellation Contrôlée (AC Champagne is reserved for the sparkling wines).

Bouzy Rouge was served for the coronation of Louis XIV in Reims and the cellar archives in Versailles prove that the King selected this wine from Champagne for himself. It comes from the vineyards of the Montagne de Reims and was once known as the "wine of the mountain". The Montagne de Reims isn't really a mountain as such, more a hillside, but its slopes do accommodate some of the best vineyard sites in the Champagne region.

As a red hued clairet in the 17th century Bouzy Rouge graced many fashionable tables – it is a bright ruby red colour, crystal clear and is reminiscent of cherries.

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