The Widow Devienne
Veuve Devienne translates to the widow, Devienne. There’s limited information to be found about where or who exactly produces this label. Per the importer Cannon Wines Limited, we do know Devienne gave her family name to this budget and palate friendly sparkling wine.
“Winegrowing in France is most often a family operation in vineyards and
winery, frequently continuing for several generations. Veuve Devienne (“the
Widow Devienne”) gave her family name to a traditional sparkling wine
– a classic Brut cuvee – after many years of growing white grapes for the
production of premium table wines. Although much of the family history
has been lost over time, the sparkling wine has remained true to its origins:
a rigorous selection of grapes; slow secondary fermentation (while those
delightful bubbles are created); and bottling in a traditional style.”
For under $10, this bubbly is an excellent value! It can’t be called Champagne unless it’s from the Champagne region of France, but this French sparkling wine tastes well above its price range.
Champagne and Sparkling Wine Grapes
Champagne is primarily made from three main grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. For sparkling wine, a blend of several grapes can be used, but the main grape used is Chardonnay.
Veuve Devienne Blanc de Blancs is made with four white grape varieties:
Chenin — Chenin Blanc is a white wine grape from the Loire Valley of France with high acidity.
Arbois — Not a common grape, also from the Loire Valley, less acidic than Chenin, & often used as a blending grape to help soften and balance.
Chardonnay — We all know this noble grape; the most popular and well-known white variety.
Ugni Blanc — Ugni Blanc is the French name for Trebbiano, the Italian white wine grape; can be thin & tart.
I was pleasantly surprised by this bottle. It’s dry, yet fruity with nicely condensed bubbles. If you’ve ever tried inexpensive sparkling wine and thought “I wouldn’t even use this for mimosas” — try this!
“Come quickly! I am tasting the stars!” ~Dom Pérignon
*I received this sample bottle for review from the wonderful Arizona distributor, Silesia Brands. All opinions are my own.