Pithon-Paillé

Cremant de Loire Brut de Chenin NV

Cremant de Loire

This sparkling, biodynamic Chenin Blanc comes from the Saumurois Appellation, which is characterized by chalky tuffeau and sits just southeast of the town of Puy Notre Dame. The base wine is fermented with indigenous yeast, and is aged for a year in second and third pass Burgundy barrels. It’s aged on the lees for another year, and no dosage is added. The wine displays a complex bouquet of ripe stone fruit, white flowers and dried fruit. There is just a hint of fresh baked bread, coming from the autolytics. This crémant is a standout by any measure, and a phenomenal value in the world of sparkling wine.

Vineyard

As with all great sparkling wines, the chalky tuffeau in these vineyards place a starring role.

Winemaking

The base of this cuvee is made mostly from 2014 fruit. Like Champagne, it is bottled under six atmospheres of pressure, but it’s crafted in a totally unique fashion. Indigenous yeast is used for the base wine, which ferments in old Burgundy barrels for a year. After bottling, they add some juice fresh juice from the new vintage (2015 in this case) and the secondary fermentation begins. This cuvee was aged on the lees for almost three years, and there is less than a gram of RS.

Food Pairing

You can drink this wine throughout a meal, and it is as comfortable around light appetizers as it is around a pork loin or roasted game. The rich fruit of the Chenin also allows it to play nicely with some spice.

Color

White

Grape Varieties

Chenin Blanc

Appellation

Cremant de Loire

Farming

Biodynamic

Alcohol

13%

Suggested Retail Price

$29.99

Reviews

"Enough tension for balance"

Wine Spectator - July 13, 2020 "A bold sparkler, featuring warm notes of toasted hazelnut and walnut mixed with red apple, Anjou pear and ginger flavors. Displays enough tension for balance through the broad finish. Distinctive."

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