Wednesday, June 4, 2014

L. Mawby Sparkling Wines - Michigan

When we attended the Michigan Wine Showcase several weeks ago, we knew we needed to have a plan - with 20+ wineries and at least 100 wines, there was no way to taste everything, unless we were going to spend the night at a hotel, which was not in the cards. I'm always willing to try sparkling wines, so I opted to make that one of my focuses, along with Rosé. I was excited that L. Mawby was participating, as I've wanted to try their sparklers for awhile. Turns out they had both their lines - here's the difference:
"All of our L. Mawby sparkling wines are made using the methode champenoise, and are aged in the bottle before disgorging, with many cuvees being given 3 or more years of tirage aging. Our M. Lawrence sparkling wines are produced in the cuve close method, are given less aging, and are less costly than the method champenoise sparkling wines."
L. Mawby

Tasting Notes

L. Mawby Blanc de Blancs
100% Chardonnay; whole-cluster pressed; initial fermentation in stainless steel; blended with oaked reserve wines; 30 month tirage; yeast and green apple aromas; lemon and yeast flavors, tart finish; small bubbles; 11% ABV; SRP $23.
L. Mawby Cremant Classic
100% Vignoles; whole-cluster pressed; initial fermentation in stainless steel; blended with oaked reserve wines; 36 month tirage; yeasty aroma; lemon and yeast flavors, tart finish; small bubbles; 11% ABV; SRP $27.
M. Lawrence Green
Cayuga and Vidal grapes; fermented in stainless steel tanks, then fermented a second time in a closed tank [the cuve close method]; then filtered, dosaged, and bottled; floral nose; melon and white floral flavors into a citrus finish; 11% ABV; SRP $15. This is their version of Vinho Verde as a sparkling wine.
M. Lawrence Redd
Regent and Marechal Foch grapes; fermented in stainless steel tanks, then fermented a second time in a closed tank [the cuve close method]; then filtered, dosaged, and bottled; bright ruby red in color; cherry and cranberry on the nose with same flavors; 11% ABV; SRP $17.
Some of their grapes are estate-grown, but all grapes used are from the Leelanau Peninsula AVA. L. Mawby is doing something I wasn't sure was possible - making good sparkling wines in the Midwest, from traditional AND hybrid grapes. If you're a fan of sparklers with yeasty character and bright acidity, feel comfortable buying these and supporting the Michigan wine scene in the process.

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