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Crémant BULLES D'ARGILE
'sous bois'/Organic/Nature

Selected as best sparkling wine
of France (Review of Wines in France 2015)

Style

A wine of another time, made traditionally in the way of my grandfathers.

Varieties

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay only, the noblest varieties of great sparkling wine.

Where

Organically grown vineyards in Roquetaillade and upper Magrie. A region of fresh calcareous clay soil at altitude in the upper valley of the Aude, at the feet of the Pyrenees.

Vineyard

A region of dominantly calcareous soil. Organically grown grapes with a small yield (<25hl/ha), hand-picked in small cases without any spilling (no buckets or baskets), an impeccably clean process for a sulfite-free wine.

Winemaking

The grapes are loaded into the press by gravity (conveyor belt) without crushing, and are pressed whole. Only the best first-run juice is selected for this wine. First fermentation and ageing of 10 months with lees without sulfur in oak barrels of 10 years of age or more.

Ageing

After ageing in barrels in the traditional Burgundian style, the wine becomes rich and strong. Thanks to the second fermentation (still without sulfite) all oxygen present is consumed. After ageing with additional lees in bottles, they are titled and shaken before the final corking. No additional liqueur added.

Analysis

Total acidity: 4,20g/l; pH 3,00; sugar: 1 g/l; 12% alc.; SO2 free =< 7mg; total SO2 <10 mg.

Tasting note

Fine bubbles. Light golden color with a hint of silver. Ripe in the nose, fruits with white flesh (pear), brioche, white Pepper spice note. Elegant in the mouth, perfect balance between substance and freshness, a touch of toast, nice persistence in the mouth.

Serving

Aperitif with almonds, lobster, baked Mont d'Or (cheese), pork colombo, Cantal (hard cheese). Optimum roundness up to 6 to 12 months after the date of disgorgement indicated on the label. No oxidation before +18 months.

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