Faire la Fete is a brand of Cremant-style sparkling wines, made in the Limoux region of far-southern France and known for its restraint in the use of sugar in its wines. (Faire la Fete Brut has 6 g/liter of sugar, while Veuve Clicquot “Yellow Label” has 9.5 g/liter.)
Today we take a fresh look at the Brut bottling (last seen here in 2016) as well as a first look at the winery’s Rose.
NV Faire la Fete Cremant de Limoux Brut (2020) – Vibrant with notes of lemon curd, green apple, and quince, this wine eschews sweetness for the raw power of fruit. Lightly doughy — literally evoking a lemon-custard-filled doughnut at times — the wine pushes toward a racy, acidic finish, where more of a bittersweet lemon zest note lingers interminably. A delightful afternoon sipper. B+ / $19
NV Faire la Fete Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose – Again, very dry, with restrained notes of apple, red berries, and a touch of rose petals. Strawberry notes linger on the palate as it fades on the tongue, though it’s never particularly sweet. The finish is acidic but refreshing, with a lingering citrusy grip. A- / $23