Award: Michael Edwards is an internationally recognized and respected freelance wine and food journalist with a focus on Champagne and specifically grower Champagnes, chief inspector of the Egon Ronay restaurant Guide also forms part of Michael’s 40’s year industry experience. You can find a selection of wine books written by him to include the much admired ‘The Fine Wines of Champagne’. Michael is also honorary judge at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards where a dedicated award title ‘The Michael Edwards Award’ is chosen by himself each year to the wine which for him stood out the most.
✌️Oltrepò Pavese means “on the other side of the Po River from Pavia”. Pavia is a city in southern Lombardy. The vineyards of the Oltrepò zone lie among foothills between the Po and the Apennines which ascend further to the south. Cruasé DOCG have to comply with two key requirements: First, Cruasé must be 1OO% Pinot Noir, rather than the minimum of 85% as specified for the DOCG typology for Pinot Noir Rosé Metodo Classico. Second, the base wine must be a rosé wine attained by maceration of grapes in a press or a tank.
The Pinot Noir grape variety is the great, undisputed protagonist of wine production in Oltrepò Pavese. The Presidential Decree of August 6, 1970 recognized Oltrepò Pavese Spumante Metodo Classico as Oltrepò Pavese DOC and in 2007 this sparkling wine was elevated to autonomous DOCG. 44 months of ‘sur lattes’ maturation following the ‘tirage’
"A delicate salmon color with an abundance of fine bubbles. A complex, vinous nose dominated by ruby red grapefruit evolving into tangerine, with a fine toasty character Layers of juicy red berry flavors follow through onto a delicate palate, with an elegant floral/herbal finish. Rich, savory canapès, shellfish and crustaceans, tuna tartare or salmon carpaccio, charcuterie (Parma ham, Patanegra) and soft/semi-hard cheese of medium ageing"