The French Corner with Chris G: Bugey Montagnieu

Bugey Appellation

The Bugey appellation is located in the middle of the long over looked wine regions of France. There is the Savoy wine region to the east with their dry whites and the Jura with its rustic wines to the North and the light reds of Beaujo lais directly to the west. The Bugey is one an isolated regions of France that has long been left behind from modernization and the world of wine critics to fend for itself.

Bugey Montagnieu

Bugey Montagnieu

Bugey Montagnieu

The wines of Bugey are little known outside of their own home, but the whites are crisp and fresh and the Sparkling wines of Bugey Montagnieu are lively with a blend of Chardonnay and the local varietal of Altesse.

The Franck Peillot is the 5th generation to take the reins of this small family vineyard. His Vin du Bugey-Montagnieu sparkling wine is made of a majority of the native Altesse with a little Chardonnay also used. It is made in the method Champenoise tradition. It is a dry, aromatic, minerally sparkling wine with good acidity that can be drank as nice aperitif or aged to enjoy it’s complexities in the future.

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