REGION : Auvergne, France
GRAPE : Gamay
ALC. : 12%
Light - Bright - Red Fruits
A lovely delicate sparkling rose made from Gamay, with a touch of residual sugar balanced by a fresh vein of acidity, very light, sparkling Gamay - pours the lightest hint of pink almost golden. Fun drink for the summer or a dinner party.
Coming from volcanic soil its also biodynamic. Wild yeasts and second fermentation finishing in the bottle with manual disgorgement with no malolactic, no filtering, no fining and no sulphur.
Jean Maupertuis tends 3.8 hectares of vines in the commune of Saint-Georges-sur-Allier and La Roche Noir in Auvergne. He works principally with a local version of Gamay referred to as “Gamay d’Auvergne”, but also owns a little bit of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a tiny amount of Noirfleurien, an ancient local varietal found only in his neighboring village of Mirefleurs. Most of his vines are on the venerable side, ranging from 40 to 100 + years.
Jean doesn’t use chemical fertilizers, insecticides or herbicides in the vineyard, preferring to work his soils and develop their indigenous microflora. Everything is hand harvested and manually sorted before reaching the cellar. Most of Jean’s wines are vinified through carbonic maceration, which permits him to avoid adding sulphur at bottling.
This and Brillat Savarin - triple cream cheese, is a dream.