On our Burgundy bike trip, we visit Pierre and Nicole’s cellar, L’Ange Gardien,  in the heart of the charming town of Beaune.  Their vines are mainly planted on the ‘Côte de Beaune’ and spread over the following areas: Auxey-Duresses, Beaune, Chorey-les-Beaune, Ladoix-Serrigny, Meursault, Pommard, Savigny-les Beaune.

Our wine tasting there is one of the most fun and laughter-filled I’ve ever enjoyed and includes many spectacular wines.  Their best, however, in my opinion, is the Dom Vincent.  Yes, it’s a play on Dom Perignon!  Dom Vincent is a crémant, another term for sparkling wine, and a regional specialty.  At L’Ange Gardien, they have both a white and rosé variety, both of which are amazing.  The white features very delicate bubbles, light citrus aromas, and a pale yellow color.  The rosé’s color is just beautiful, deep and dark pink, and also features the light and delicate bubbles.

Either can be paired with their most delicious Créme de Cassis (black current liquor) to make a ‘Kir‘ (the traditional Burgundian cocktail).  The shining deep red color and fruity smell explode into a velvety smoothness on your palate.  And yes, it can very much be enjoyed on its own too.