Famille Descombe ‘90.10’ Crémant de Bourgogne



Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are hand-harvested, with the first press giving the structure of the wine and a second press concentrating the aromas. Fermented separately, the two juices are combined for a second fermentation in bottle, followed by a long cellar maturation with regular remuage or riddling. The ‘90.10’ on the label refers to the respective percentages in the blend, 90% Pinot Noir with 10% Chardonnay.

For Champagne lovers, this is a real treat at a fraction of the price. Steely gold in appearance with a fine pearl mousse, there’s a vibrant, citrussy nose with hints of toasted sourdough, lemon curd and crème brûlée. The palate is bone dry, refreshing with tart lemon sorbet to open followed by savoury bread and yeasty notes with hints of mango and Granny Smith apple, a creaminess to the finish rounding out the flavours leaving the mouth clean but not puckering; wonderfully savoury and complex yet refreshing.

  • Dry, elegant, complex
  • 750ml
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • Cork

Producer: Descombe Family Wines

Famille Descombe is a family-owned company since 1905, growing from small vineyard holdings in Beaujolais to operating across Burgundy and latterly into the Rhône in recent years. Distribution was almost entirely domestic until the 2000s, since when they've achieved success in export markets and invested heavily in upgrading on the production side. Marine Descombe (second from left above, with father Florent on the right) is the fifth generation and has overseen much of the modernisation, as well as further vineyard acquisitions in Beaujolais, Chablis and, most recently, the Rhône.

Wines are modern in style with a pride in regional identity — Descombe's portfolio covers some of the most recognised and highly prized appellations in the world — but, largely because of their extensive vineyard holdings and grower connections, they're also able to produce outstanding varietal table wines away from regional restrictions.

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