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Wine of the Week: Roederer Champagne by the glass at Siena

Above: At the historic “cave” (cellar) of the Roederer estate in Champagne, France, the wines are still “riddled” by hand. Riddling is the process whereby the yeast from the second fermentation is allowed to fall by gravity into the neck of the bottle. It will be “disgorged” later.

Here at Siena. We love Tuscan wine, we love Italian wine, and, of course, we love American wine, too: our list is replete with some of Italy’s most famous Super Tuscans, California’s cult Napa Valley Cabs, and the best wines that Texas has to offer.

But when the holidays arrive, we can’t help but turn to France and one of its great wine appellations: Champagne.

At Siena we offer only one Champagne by the glass, Roederer, the domaine that gave the world the celebrated Cristal.

The Roederer Champagne Brut Premier is made from 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, and 10% Meunier grapes, and is vinified and aged partly in oak barrels.

Where some Champagnes can be too sweet and others too astringent, owner Stan Adams chose Roederer because of its balance of freshness, white and melon fruit flavors, and gentle tannin (imparted by the Pinot Noir). Roederer retains that classic balance of acidity, moderate alcohol, and freshness — the hallmarks of great Champagne.

Buone feste and joyeuses fêtes from Siena!

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