A Chateau Frank gem keeps adding to its luster

26 May

Bronze is OK, silver is better, gold is great, but platinum? Now you’re talking!

That’s what was awarded to the Chateau Frank 2006 Blanc de Noirs at the recent Critics Challenge wine competition in San Diego, an honor that merely lengthens the list of such accolades for the Finger Lakes sparkling wine.

“That is just the latest in an impressive string that almost certainly makes it the top award-winning methode champenoise sparkling wine from the Finger Lakes ever,” says Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.

Trezise, who is meticulous in tracking such things, lists these other awards for this particular wine:

• Chairman’s Award (Double Gold) at Riverside International;

• Gold at Great Lakes

• Double Gold at Tasters Guild International

• 93 Points/Finalist at the Ultimate Wine Challenge

• Double Gold at U.S. National

• Best New World Sparkling Wine and Double Gold at New World International Wine Competition

• Gold, 93 Points, and Best Northeastern Sparkling Wine at BTI World Wine Championships

• Gold at Florida State Fair International

• Double Gold & Best of Class at American Wine Society.

“And,” says Trezise, “that’s just so far this year!  Coincidentally, in just about a month is the 50th anniversary celebration of Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars, and they sure have great bubbly to toast it.”

The Blanc de Noir is 96% Pinot Noir kissed with just 4% Pinot Meunier. The other important numbers are 1.15 acid, 2.02 PH, 1 residual sugar and 12.3% alcohol. Perhaps the most impressive number, however, is the price — a mere $29.99 a bottle.

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