Renardat Fache - Cerdon Bugey 2019
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Elie Renardat Fâche is the 8th generation of his family growing grapes in the tiny sub-alpine region of Bugey, at the crossroads of the Savoie, the Jura, Burgundy and the Rhône. With his wife Christelle, they make only one wine: AOC Cerdon du Bugey, fermented in bottle with no additional sugars or yeasts.
This is one of the original pet nats of the wine world, a glorious, unabashedly sweet wine made for the sunshine. It comes in at only 8% and is a blend of 70% Poulsard and 30% Gamay. It sparkles, it shines, and if we were to sum it up in a single word, that word would be joy.
Annual Production: N/A
Blend: 70% Poulsard, 30% Gamay
Winemaking: Méthode ancestrale
Disgorgement Date: June 2020
Drinking Window: 2021-2022
Elie and his wife Christelle make their Cerdon from Gamay and Poulsard, 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. It is more vinous (with grapey primary aromas) than most Champagne.