2017 Cerdon de BugeyDavid Bowler
The Bugey, halfway between Lyons and Geneva, is one of the tiniest and most obscure wine areas in France, with a total acreage of 170 hectares. This rose is made in the methode champenoise with a blend of Gamay and Poulsard -- the two main red grapes of the region. This is a very fragile wine, despite the cheap price, which is more austere and serious than the latter sparkling rose above -- even though alcohol levels are the same roughly. There is more of a piney essence in the grip of this wine with darker fruit that doesn't shy away from being bright and airy. A great wine with everything that gets in Autumn's path.