bottex bugey-cerdon la cueille rose 750
In La Cueille, one of seven high-altitude hamlets surrounding the historic medieval town of Ponsin, Patrick and Catherine Bottex are farming the limestone slopes above the Ain River. They have been working five hectares of land since 1991 and produce only a small quantity of their beautiful, intriguing sparkling wine. As a former part of the Duchy of Burgundy, it stands to reason that several Burgundian grape varietals have found a home here-not the least of which is Gamay. The Bottex's blend consists of ninety percent Gamay and ten percent of the native Poulsard. They bottle this low-alcohol wine using the methode ancestrale, a rare technique that experts believe predates the methode champenoise. The wine first goes through a primary fermentation in cuve, but is then bottled before all of the residual sugar has converted to alcohol. After going through a secondary fermentation in the bottle for at least two months, the wine is ready-Champagne's dosage is not permitted! The resulting wine is delightfully refreshing with bright fruit, a beautiful rosÃ© hue, and a touch of sweetness. One sip and you'll wonder where it's been all your life.
VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION
- Grapes are harvested by hand
- Fermentation is natural
- The wine is bottled half-way through fermentation
- After approximately 2 months, fermentation has stopped
- The wine is then re-corked and is ready to drink
- Current availability has 50 g/L of residual sugar
- Residual sugar can vary from year to year, between 45 g/L and 60 g/L, depending on acidity
VARIETALS: 80% Gamay, 20% Poulsard
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