Friday, April 13, 2012

Pétillant

When I turned the screw cap of this unoaked Chardonnay, it literally blew the cap off the bottle. Like an impatient genie, it wanted OUT! and shot the cap halfway across our kitchen.

All through dinner, it kept making tiny bubbles that drifted up slowly through the wine. Not vigorous, champagne-style bubbles, just quiet, lazy little orbs of light that twinkled their way gently to the top and popped with a minuscule hiss. The wine was crisp with acid but very fruity; it wasn't spoiled or vinegarish, just very lightly fizzy.

I'm an almost complete dunce when it comes to wines, so I emailed my older brother, who isn't, and asked for his opinion about why the pétillance? He didn't know, but he supplied the French word for it.

I went to the Morgan website to see if it was intentional, but no mention was made of that in the wine's description. We speculate that there were residual sugars in the wine that did their own second fermentation in the bottle after it was sealed. We don't know, but if you do, we'd love to know your opinion.

In the meantime, I'm finishing off that bottle and hoping the pétillance lasts.


4 Comments:

Blogger Toons said...

Mornin' Zoomie,
The Darling Rebecca and I split a case of a nice wine we had in a restaurant in Pt. Reyes, we split it with the owner so she didn't have to store all of it, any way we put them in the rack. A month or so later we started to smell something, we thought it might be the cat but it turned out to be the wine. It too went through a 2nd fermentation and all 6 bottles leaked onto the rug! If nothing else that is a plus for the screw top wine bottle! Cheers!

Friday, April 13, 2012  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

How funny! And fun. Lucky you didn't get your eye put out. Hoist on your own pétillard.

Friday, April 13, 2012  
Blogger namastenancy said...

"Hoist on your own pétillard." I LOL! I had never heard of this wine and now I've got to try it. What a charming, delightful piece!

Friday, April 13, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Toons, oh, dear! Sad waste of wine and a nuisance to remove from the carpet! I was lucky to have the screw cap, although corks just have more cachet, don't they?

Cookiecrumb, you are so clever with words! You slay me!

Nancy, yes, Cookiecrumb's a hoot, isn't she? Thanks for the kind words.

Saturday, April 14, 2012  

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