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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wine Tasting - Bosca Verdi Spumante & Chambord

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today.  It is already tomorrow in Australia."
Greetings everyone!  Wow, is it another day already?  It seems like just yesterday that we had a new day.  Or is it just me?

Mixing sparkling wine with flavored liqueur is one of life's simply delicious pleasures, I tell you.  Tiffany and I kept being told by everyone, "Try mixing Chambord with your sparkling wine.  You'll love it!"  Okay.  Maybe not from you.  But, from everybody else?

Tiffany and I looked at each other with plastic bubble-headed dumbfounded wonder.  What in the heck is this "Chambord" stuff?  "I dunno."  and "I dunno either." were our responses if I recall correctly.  It was one of us who said, "Let's to into ABC Fine Wines & Spirits and see if we can find this stuff!"

Raspberry?  Blackberry?  Black raspberry?  Madagascar vanilla?  Wow... how can we possibly go wrong with this stuff, huh?  "Hmm... why is Madagascar vanilla better than that from anywhere else?"

Chucky's Point Score:  90
Tiffany's Point Score:  91

Bosca Verdi Spumante & Chambord

Grape Varietal(s):  Blackberry, Raspberry, Currant, Vanilla
Retail Price:  $19.99 @ ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
Vintage:  unknown
Producer:   Chambord, France
Alcohol:  16.5 %
Calories:   > 104 per 4 ounces

Tasting notes as follows.

Chucky's Tasting Notes

Chucky's Notes:  "Chambord (1/4 ounce) goes on the bottom of the glass, then bubbly.  Each and every sip is more delicious than the last.  It's not wine, it's candy!!!  It's like sucking on a jelly-filled raspberry candy and getting to that delicious nectar in the last bite (sip)."

Tiffany's Tasting Notes

Tiffany's Notes:  "What an incredible blend!  The Chambord reminds me of having a raspberry Tootsie Pop!."

The label simply reads as follows:

"Bosca Verdi Spumante:  See prior review.

Chambord:  'Chambord is an infusion of the world's finest raspberries, blackberries and the exotic flavors of black raspberries, black currant, Madagascar vanilla and cognac.  According to legend, Chambord was inspired by a luxurious raspberry liqueur produced for King Louis XIV during his visit to Chateau Chambord in the 17th century.  Today, Chambord continues to inspire cocktail and culinary creations around the world.'"

Their web site reads as follows:

"Bosca Verdi Spumante:  See prior review.



Flavorful Ingredients - Chambord is the premium black raspberry liqueur with a fine French heritage. Chambord stands alone in its category — and in its iconic, captivating packaging. For the person who appreciates a life full of great experiences, Chambord is the essential spirit that elevates and brings magic to cocktailing and culinary experiences. Captivating to the most discerning palate, Chambord tempts and rewards experimentation. 


Chambord uses a unique three-step process that unites natural ingredients to create a liqueur possessing an unprecedented level of high-quality ingredients, complexities, flavor and aroma. 

STEP ONE: Double Fruit Infusion & Extraction

Infusion begins by extracting the juices from whole fresh raspberries and blackberries. They infuse for four weeks in French neutral spirits.
The second infusion, which takes two weeks, occurs when a second layer of French spirits washes the fruit to extract additional flavor nuances from the whole fruit blend.
Only after six weeks of double fruit infusion is the fruit delicately pressed to capture the natural juices and sugars to meet Chambord’s high quality standards, resulting in a rich, silky infusion base.

STEP TWO: Flavor Marrying

The berry infusion is filtered then blended with extracts of all-natural black raspberries, black currant and other high quality raspberry varietals. Additionally, it is married with a proprietary blend of French cognac, extracts of Madagascar vanilla and other fragrant herbs, developing into a flavorful concentration with exceptional character.

STEP THREE: Flavor Blending

The Master Blender balances the flavor profile of the fruit infusion to ensure the character of the product is worthy of bearing the Chambord name. This traditional and essential step derives a rich, yet subtle finish from the concentrate that adds depth to the complex black raspberry taste known around the world as Chambord.


According to legend, in 1685 King Louis XIV visited Château Chambord, where he enjoyed a marvelous liqueur made from wild raspberries. This liqueur inspired the spirit that today is known as Chambord Liqueur Royale de France. The rich heritage of the Liqueur Royale is now celebrated in the reintroduction of Chambord, the world-renowned black raspberry liqueur for the modern mixologist.

Just two hours south of Paris, in an area fondly called The Garden of France, is the home of Chambord. The liqueur is crafted in a state-of-the-art facility on the grounds of La Sistiere, a magnificent chateau nestled in Cour Cheverny in the Loire Valley. Here, the Master Blender watches over the blending of each batch according to a 300-year-old tradition.


In the 25+ years since the previous design was released, Chambord’s orb-shaped bottle has become an iconic presentation of the brand. Regal and steeped in French heritage, the new design continues the tradition of reflecting the quality of the spirit inside.

Enhanced Closure

New shape, better grip and perfect pours. The Chambord bottle has been redesigned to improve every detail.

Flavor Recognition

The black raspberry flavor of Chambord is prominently displayed.

Enduring Heritage

Crown imagery speaks to the royal legacy and is prominently displayed on the cartouche. 

Streamlined Trimwork

Sleek, durable and contemporary with branding embossed on opulent gold foil. The Chambord name is enhanced by lattice detail. 

Boosted Punt

Risen to perfection, the elevated glass foot refracts more light and reveals Chambord's vibrant color. 

Regal Adornments

Jewels, taste and sophistication surround every pour of Chambord. 

French Heritage

"Product of France" speaks to the quality of the liqueur inside. "Royale de France" tells of the legendary beginnings of Chambord. 

Improved Glasswork  

Cleaner, clearer and lighter weight glass showcases the magical color of Chambord.'"

From our tasting scores and our notes, it was indeed a Lucky Charms moment!  "Huh?"  "What?"  The combination was 'magically delicious'.

I do have one observation however.  The instructions that Chambord give are wrong.  You should probably add the Chambord to the sparkling wine, not the opposite.  But, to be perfectly honest, it's delicious either way.

This is one of those blog post instances where the taste is as truly delicious as the photograph above leads one to believe.  It's not good... It's great!  It takes my $5 bottle of bubbly and makes it $40 good.

Do yourself a favor and buy a reasonably priced sparkling white wine.  Mix 1/4 ounce of Chambord into your glass and sit back to enjoy.  You will NOT be disappointed (unless you're not a fan of raspberry).

Hi-dee hi-dee mixing-liqueurs-with-sparkling-wine-makes-life-a-little-more-interesting-ho my friend.

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