Agnes Paquet, Bourgogne Ali Boit Boit Et Les 40 Buveurs Methode AncestraleRegular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Making a name for yourself in the wine world is hard no matter where you are based, but being located in Burgundy makes this nearly impossible without a famed family name to back you. Agnes did not have this. What she does have is hard work and a belief in what she is doing. Agnes, year after year, makes elegant and delicate wines with a real sense of place. The wines drink exactly as they should for the level of designation and village they represent.
The name of this fun, natural sparkling means “Alibaba and the forty drinkers.” If that doesn’t sound fun, this Aligote pet-nat will do the trick. The wine is bottled before fermentation ends, giving the wine a hint of sweetness and fizz.
Anima Mundi, Cami del Xops Pet Nat 2021Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Macabeu and Xarel-lo
Agusti Torelló Roca is a new producer who is helping to keep the momentum of the New Spain movement going. He keeps himself busy among three different projects all based in Catalunya, although Anima Mundia is based in the Alt Penedes where he uses the family winery and vineyards. The sites here are unique as their location to the ocean is very close and the Garraf Massif mountain range is also near. Anima Mundi comes from a theory by Plato called the “soul of the world,” thereby expressing the soul of Alt Penedes through soil, nature, climate, and human tradition.
Made from both Macabeu and Xarel-lo, which are generally used in the production of Cava, but this goes into the natural sparkler known as a pet-nat. Unlike other pet-nats, this one ferments in both steel and French oak before going on to finish fermentation in the bottle naturally.
Athenais, Pet-Nat 'Love Joy' 2020Regular price $48.00 Save $-48.00
Athénaïs of Chateau de Beru is one of the most discussed producers in Burgundy today. Coming from a domain with 400 years in the making, she leads the current generation of this property. The chateau has certainly experienced its ups and downs. As phylloxera devastated the family’s vines, new ones were not planted for almost 100 years. The fruit was sold to other Chablis co-ops up until 2004 when the death of Athena’s father happened. She traveled back to the domaine to assist her mother, Laurence. It was then that she began incorporating all sorts of changes. The family began bottling their wine, converted agriculture over to biodynamic, and opted to intervene minimally in the winemaking. The reputation is only improving and Beru has become known for their Chablis wines. ‘Athenais’ is the name of her negociant project, though still intertwined with the family domain.
'Love Joy' is certainly an exploratory project as this wine is made in the region of Chablis where tradition is part of the backbone of wine there. This Chardonnay comes from young vines in the estate Montserre plot. The wine is completed naturally with a touch of residual sugar that kickstarts the fermentation.
Francois Chidaine, Petillant 2019Regular price $34.00 Save $-34.00
Variety: Chenin Blanc
Francois and Manuéla are a husband and wife operation based in both Montlouis and Vouvray located in the central Loire Valley. In a region that produced bulk wine for years, particularly after WWII, the Chidaine duo brought an emphasis to wines of quality and regenerative farming; they also look to natural winemaking. One of their largest goals is to look to the future, “an effort to save the world.” Chidaine’s household wines are varying styles of Chenin Blanc from dry to off-dry to sparkling. Their inspired lineup includes classic reds and whites from the Loire made into vibrant, juicy styles ranging in price points. Their momentum only continues as they seek to better the world around them.
This is a sparkling wine made entirely from Chenin Blanc and made in the ancient style known as a petillant naturel. The wine ferments in demi muids and ages for three years before release. The vines range in age from 20-50 years old.
Les Equilibristes, Zestos Pet Nat NVRegular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Grolleau Gris and Pineau d'Aunis
Les Équilibristes are the tightrope walkers. They walk a daring path where their rules are straightforward and singular though their focus brings together several grape varieties over several French wine growing regions. The entire concept was imagined by two minds heavily rooted in the wine world, something they’ve dubbed “Winemaking 2.0.” It allows a network of creativity to be shared and manifested. Francois de Monval is the “wine merchant” while his partner Florent Girou is the “travelling oenologist” and winemaker. The wines are natural at their core, but showcase the importance of creating relationships and collaborating.
This pet-nat project takes a trip to the Loire Valley. The blend is made from two Loire varieties that deserve more recognition. Pineau d’Aunis brings the spice and Grolleau Gris brings a fullness. The wine is made naturally and completed in the bottle.
Meinklang, Morgen Pet-Nat Rose 2019Regular price $45.00 Save $-45.00
Variety: St. Laurent
Meinklang has taken the wine world by storm in the last few years due to the family's passion for making diverse products from the estate. Farming is at the core, with full bio-dynamic practices in place. The family has a full herd of Angus and Aubrac cattle, plus sheep. The farm believes in a full circle of life within the vineyards and farmland. The family has even achieved Demeter certification, one of the most difficult biodynamic certifications. The estate is located in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of National Park Neusiedlersee in Austria, just on the border of Hungary. The insane number of different wine labels produced shows the passion for creating wine with character and personality, with over 20 labels in production.
“Morgen” means morning as seen by the sunrise on the label, one of four bottles from Meinklang’s line of Daytime Wines. The juice is 2019 St. Laurent fermented in whole clusters, then aged for one year in concrete. The curve ball is the 2020 Traminer juice added to restart the fermentation, which does make this a natural sparkling, and most definitely a pet-nat. It is complex and fruity, though minerally and yeasty.
Menti, Roncaie sui Lieviti 2020Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Garganega (Orange Wine)
The Menti winery is now on the fourth generation of winemaking in Gambellara village in the Veneto region. The winery was begun by Menti Giovanni at the end of the 19th century. It all began with the Garganega grape, along with other agriculture like fruit, legumes, and vegetables. Giovanni decided to cultivate volcanic soils there, knowing perhaps that they would prove to be fruitful. Fast forward to the current generation upheld by Giovanni’s great-grandson, Stefano focuses on biodynamic agriculture and started converting all vineyards to organic growing in 2011. The following year, Stefano decided to no longer bottle his wines as DOC.
This is a fun sparkling bottling from Menti made purely from the Garganega grape which he does so well with. The wine undergoes a second fermentation, which needs a sugar kick-start to initiate it. This is done by way of Albina juice, aka unfermented juice. It is a natural fizzy wine because it does not have the addition of sulfites.
Zanotto, Rosso Col Fondo 2019Regular price $27.00 Save $-27.00
Varieties: Marzemino and Cabernet Sauvignon
Riccardo Zanotto is not just a winemaker, but a person who thrives on the stories of the past, and the experiences of tasting the wine as you drink. He makes a conscious choice not to own his own vineyards in Veneto, but rather entrusts the vine growing to others who know best. His project is a multitude of sparkling wines from the Veneto region, white and red, classic and not, in natural ways that allow the grapes to shine and the drinker to enjoy.
While Rosso Col Fondo is an ancestral method sparkling red, it does undergo two fermentations, the first in the tank, and the second in the bottle. Here ”Col Fondo” means “the bottom,” but just means a lightly sparkling wine that’s been aged on its lees. Using mostly the Marzemino grape that brings acidity, and Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings structure, this juicy sparkling red aims to please.