What is Pet Nat?
Summer is here, and with it our roaring adoration for bubbles and sparkling wines. There is of course Champagne, Cava and Prosecco, however, this year we find ourselves cracking open some alternative styles. We want to share with you the styles which we keep coming back to here at the shop and are driving a renaissance of sparkling wines worldwide.
Like many of the wines being brought into popularity at the moment this sparkler actually dates back pre-Champagne, and has been enjoyed by the French for centuries. Developed in the 16th century, this is the oldest way of making sparkling wine, and is the result of a single, continuous fermentation.
What this means is that fermenting juice is bottled while it is still fermenting, i.e. while the yeast is still consuming the grape sugars in the juice. This results in the fermentation then continuing inside the bottle; trapping CO2 in the process, which is given off by the yeast. The resulting wine therefore has bubbles in it.
The pét-nat method is not limited to a specific region nor grape variety which presents itself in the huge range of styles, colours and flavours amongst pet nat makers. The end result is a raw, rustic, and lively wine, extremely reflective of the terroir from which it came. With its easy effervescence and streak of freshness, a crisp glass of pet nat is one of the wine world’s simple pleasures. At the moment we are loving Maupertuis Pink Bulles, a pet nat from old vine Gamay grown on volcanic soil. The mineral-rich soil brings out lovely stony notes, complemented by subdued strawberry flavours and delicate florals.