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The term "Spumoso de Long Criança" refers to a type of sparkling wine that has undergone a prolonged period of aging or aging before being marketed. Aging is the process of maturing wine under controlled conditions, such as in oak barrels or bottles, with the aim of improving its organoleptic characteristics, such as aroma and flavor.

How are long-aged sparkling wines made?

Long-aged sparkling wines are made through a process that involves a second fermentation in the bottle, where the base wine is mixed with yeasts and sugars to create natural bubbles. After this fermentation, the bottles are kept horizontally and aged for an extended period, often several years, on the lees (dead yeasts). During this time, the lees add complexity and flavor to the wine, while the gas pressure slowly develops.

 

The result is a high-quality sparkling wine with a smooth texture, refined aromas and flavors, and fine bubbles, perfect for special occasions.

What are long-aged sparkling wines like?

Long-aged sparkling wines are high-end effervescent wines that are characterized by their complexity and sophistication, with deeper and more nuanced aromas and flavors that include notes of toasted bread, nuts, and a soft, creamy texture. They have a fine and persistent bubble and are usually appreciated in special moments and celebrations due to their exceptional quality and aging capacity.

Grape varieties for sparkling wines with long aging

The most common grape varieties used in the production of long-aged sparkling wines are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier for whites, and Pinot Noir for rosés. These grapes, especially Chardonnay, add complexity, balanced acidity, and rich aromatic nuances to the wines. The choice of varieties may vary depending on the region and the style of sparkling wine sought to be created, but these grapes are widely recognized for their contribution to the quality and sophistication of aged sparkling wines.

What can we accompany long-aged sparkling wines with?

Long-aged sparkling wines are versatile wines that can be enjoyed alone as an aperitif or paired with a wide variety of dishes. Their elegant acidity and fine bubbles make them pair especially well with shellfish and fish, such as fresh oysters, sushi, crab, lobster, and ceviche. They are also an excellent choice for poultry dishes, such as roast chicken or orange duck, and their aromatic complexity makes them ideal for accompanying sophisticated appetizers such as canapés and hard cheeses.

 

In short, long-aged sparkling wines enhance the gastronomic experience in a wide range of situations and dishes.

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