2016 Herve Villemade VDT Bulle Blanche, 750ml

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Naturally sparkling pet-nat dry white from an organic farmer. 100% Menu Pineau, a native Loire Valley grape that is also know as Orbois among other names. Often blended with Chenin and other grapes to add length to tart cold climate wines, yet excellently capable of making delightful wines on its own. Made bubbly by corking before all the sugars fermented out, capturing the final carbon dioxide in the bottle. No sulfites are added, as this would hinder this final in-bottle fermentation phase, inside the bubbles themselves help preserve the wine.

From the mouth of the importer (Louis/Dressner):

"When Hervé first took over, everything was farmed chemically and vinified conventionally. Unaware of an alternative, he followed in his parents' footsteps but quickly found his work "uninspired and bland." Around 1997, Hervé was introduced to the wines of Marcel Lapierre and Clos du Tue-Boeuf, both immediately striking a chord with him. Coincidentally, at the exact same time that he was discovering these wines, Hervé started developing a very serious allergy to sulfur. The sulfur had to go, and first attempts at sulfur-free vinifications quickly led to the conclusion that to make wine this way, you needed high quality grapes. So in 2000, Hervé decided to convert the estate to organic viticulture."

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