I approached this sparkling wine with a bit of skepticism – but it was completely unfounded.

First, I was leery of the name “Faire La Fête” which means “to party.” Second, I have never heard of this producer, and there’s essentially no information online. Third, this wine comes from the south of France, not from Champagne.

However, I discovered that the grapes for this wine are sustainably grown (see below). And Faire La Fête is made in the “traditional method” – which means it was made the same method as champagne. In addition, the wine is produced according to the strict regulations of AOC [Controlled Appellation] Crémant de Limoux in Languedoc-Roussillon, specifically in Limoux where sparkling wines were documented even before Champagne.

This wine is rich yet light on the palate, with a persistent mousse of very small bubbles. Aromas ranging from appealing rich yeast and flint to honeyed florals. Honey flows onto the palate with a little stone fruit too, which continues into its medium finish.

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE statement from the producer: “Faire La Fête’s growers in Limoux, France are part of a special consortium known as the Vignerons en Development Durable (VDD), or Growers in Sustainable Development. Started in 2007, this consortium is the first of its kind, and is dedicated to 37 specific guidelines that holistically apply to sustainable farming, ecology, social responsibility and fair trade. The VDD is the only sustainable farming organization comprised entirely of vineyard owners and focused specifically on the wine business. Faire La Fête’s green label serves to remind consumers that ethical wines are also the best-tasting…”

WHO: Faire La Fête Wines

WHAT: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc

WHERE: Limoux, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

HOW MUCH: $20 (media sample)