Domaine Bousquet Traditional Method Sparkling Wines — And It’s Organic

’Tis the season for a glass of sparkling wine. And if it’s a glass of organic bubbly, so much the better. Today we have two sparkling wines made by Domaine Bousquet to share with you. Both will put a bit of sparkle in any gathering. We received these wines as tasting samples.

Domaine Bousquet hasn’t stood still since the first vines were planted on virgin land in the Gualtallary region of Tupungato in Argentina’s Uco Valley in the late 1990s. Farming has been organic since the beginning and all vineyards are certified organic. In addition, they are certified Biodynamic and in 2022 Domaine Bousquet achieved Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC) status making them only the fourth winery certified in the world and the first outside the US

Domaine Bousquet’s wines are certified organic and are vegan and they make a certified kosher wine that is also certified kosher for Passover

In addition to their attention in the vineyards and the winery, Domaine Bousquet has demonstrated their commitment to fair working conditions, human rights and commitment to sustainable agricultural practices as evidenced by their Fair for Life certification and recent B Corp Certification. It’s a lot to have achieved since their first organic wines reached the market in 2005. Hats off to owners Anne Bousquet (daughter of Jean Bousquet who founded the winery) and her husband Labid Al Ameri for their vision and the team they have assembled.

Today we are sharing our first taste of sparkling wines made by Domaine Bousquet using the traditional method (méthode traditionnelle). The traditional method is the same as is used in Champagne. The base wines are made and then the second, bubble-inducing fermentation takes place in the bottle. This method is more labor-intensive than the charmat method, which employs pressurized tanks to create the wine’s bubbles.

Let’s Taste

Photo of wine bottle label Domaine Bousquet Méthode Traditionnelle NV, Brut, Mendoza Argentina
Domaine Bousquet Méthode Traditionnelle NV, Brut, Mendoza Argentina

Domaine Bousquet Méthode Traditionnelle NV, Brut, Mendoza Argentinapale yellow with generous, small bubbles and aromas of yellow apples and toast. Flavors include yellow apples, oat hay and stony minerality with lively acidity. The finish is dry and clean. 12% abv. SRP $18 

The blend is 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir. The wine aged for 6 months on the lees before disgorgement.

Photo of wine bottle label Domaine Bousquet Méthode Traditionnelle NV, Rosé, Mendoza, Argentina
Domaine Bousquet Méthode Traditionnelle NV, Rosé, Mendoza, Argentina

Domaine Bousquet Méthode Traditionnelle NV, Rosé, Mendoza, Argentinapale copper with generous, small bubbles and aromas of berries and oat hay. Flavors include blackberries, citrus zest and stony minerality supported by juicy acidity. The finish is dry and clean. 12% abv. SRP $18

The blend is 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. The wine aged for 6 months on the lees before disgorgement.

These wines are a tremendous value. Both are fresh, balanced and have a clean finish. They are easy sipping on their own and will accompany appetizers or a light meal. They are perfect for the holidays, but don’t forget about them the rest of the year. They are relatively low in alcohol, versatile, delicious and so reasonably priced. And who doesn’t want to support a winery that demonstrates a real commitment to workers and the land?

Thanks to Creative Palate Communications for organizing our tasting. 

Cheers!

3 Comments

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  2. I’ve been thrilled watching Domaine Bousquet proceed with their various sustainability endeavors, and now regenerative. We missed visiting them our last trip to Mendoza. I’ve not tasted an Argentinian sparkling wine and would love theirs to be the first!

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