JCB N°21 Crémant de Bourgogne
Daylight saving time is past us for another year. The leaves are turning brilliant colors and collecting on lawns and curbs. There is a chill in the air. These first hints of winter always comfort my soul and cause me to think about holiday celebrations with family and friends.
While it is safe to say that Champagne is the ubiquitous celebratory libation, and it pairs well with nearly all types of food, it can be very expensive to drink. Additionally, many of the alternatives, although good in their own ways, are just not the same. As luck would have it, however, I have found a good sparkling wine that is both affordable and very similar in style to a quality brut Champagne–JCB N°21 Crémant de Bourgogne.
JCB N°21, by Jean Charles Boisset, is produced in the traditional method from a blend of Burgundian Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. It is light straw in color, with an abundance of persistent, very small bubbles. The nose is characterized by wine lees, almonds and light floral notes. It is dry, with crisp acidity and flavors of apple, pear and citrus. The alcohol content is 12% and it has 10 g/l of sugar.
With regard to awards, JCB N°21 is a consistent winner, as well. I listed below some recent awards for this wine that were posted on the Boisset website:
SILVER | NOVEMBER 23, 2017 | GLASS OF BUBBLY AWARDS
GOLD, RESERVE CLASS CHAMPION | NOVEMBER 17, 2017 | RODEO UNCORKED! INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
GOLD, 92 POINTS | JUNE 25, 2017 | CRITICS CHALLENGE
SILVER | JUNE 20, 2017 | SUNSET INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
The bottom line is this: if you like Champagne but don’t want to pay an exorbitant amount of money to drink it, JCB N°21 Crémant de Bourgogne is a deliciously bone-dry alternative. It is very affordable, at $19.99 per 750 ml bottle, and very available at O’Bryan’s Wine and Spirits. Please stop by our store and get some for your holiday celebrations.