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Renardat Fache Bugey Cerdon Methode Ancestrale 2016

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Love at first sight. Unhinge the cork slowly, motion the neck of the bottle to your flute and tilt. Pour this nectar at a restrained speed into your glass and tell me you're not in love. - Chris L

Importer Note:

Alain and his son Elie Renardat produce the best Bugey Cerdon there is and make theirs from Gamay (90%) and Poulsard (10%), and follow the technique called "ancestral method." The grapes are picked by hand, pressed and fermented in cold vats until the alcohol reaches about 6 degrees. After a light filtration that leaves most of the active yeast in the unfinished wine, it is bottled and continues its fermentation in the bottle, reaching about 7.5 or 8 degrees of alcohol and retaining a fair quantity of its original sugar.

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Cerdon de Bugey is a delicious light pink demi-sec sparkling wine from the Bugey, found at the foot of the French Alps, made from the local Gamay and Poulsard grapes. Cerdon is scarce and as more and more people have started to discover how good it is it has become hard to procure.

The small French town of Merignat rests just near the Swiss border in a little-known VDQS called Bugey. The vineyards are hard to detect, little patches here and there on steep slopes looking southeast or southwest, lost in the midst of fields with grazing cows, and dense forests. The total Bugey acreage in vineyards is just 170 hectares. The varietals are many, borrowed from all the surrounding areas: Gamay, Poulsard (a grape from Northern Jura), Roussette, Mondeuse (both from Savoie) and Chardonnay. Many still wines are produced, but the region's star wine is the Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale, a semi-dry, pink bubbly made by spontaneous, but incomplete, fermentation. These wines are best consumed as young as possible to enjoy their freshness; they should not be cellared.

Additional Information

Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMinimal Intervention
Vineyard PracticesOrganic/Biodynamic
Product typeWine Sparkling Imported Non Champagne
Sub-RegionBugey Cerdon

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