Verméil (vehr-MAY) is a Demi-Sec, or lightly sweet sparkling wine. Modern tastes have driven most fine sparkling wines to the dry side; however, an extra touch of dosage makes for a delightful experience. The name Verméil comes from a fire-gilding process first developed in France in the 18th century. Most often it is sterling silver covered with gold. The 2018 Verméil Demi-Sec is the silver of a classic Brut blend overlaid with the gold of a Le Rêve dosage. Its pale gold appearance glitters with very fine, lively bubbles.
Staying true to form in honoring the 2018 vintage, our Verméil opens with aromas of honey dew melon, honey suckle, cherry blossom, and apples that beckon on a delicate mousse of bubbles. Luscious flavors evoke notes of honey, baked pear, lychee, and ginger filling the wine's long finish and approachable mid-palate.
2018 had the coolest temperatures we had seen since 2011, allowing an extended hang time for the fruit and longer flavor development. Additionally, replenished reservoirs and healthy vineyards from the abundant rains of the 2017 vintage yielded to a larger than normal crop. These elements translated to the perfect combination of a high-yield and high-quality vintage that winemakers dream about.
Food Pairing Notes
Our 2018 Verméil accompanies well for sweet desserts, such as Panna Catta, and even savory entrees like a spicy Thai dish. This delicious wine may be appreciated with brunch, before dinner, or with entrees enhanced with fruit sauces or sweet reductions. Founding winemaker Eileen Crane loves pairing this wine with a rich poundcake.