Agnes Paquet, Bourgogne Ali Boit Boit Et Les 40 Buveurs Methode AncestraleRegular price $24.00 Save $-24.00
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.
Domaine de l'Oubliee, Les Valseuses Pet Nat 2018Regular price $27.00 Save $-27.00
Variety: Chenin Blanc
Xavier Courrant is the winemaker of Domaine de L'Oubliée, which literally means “The Forgotten Domaine.” After years of studying viticulture and work as a wine retailer, he gave in to the constant nagging and purchased three plots of land in the appellation of Bourgueil. A Cabernet Franc-centered growing area, he opted to also grow Chenin Blanc, a complete oddity there. Then again, Xavier does do things on his own terms. Each of his wines are named for a film or novel from Bertand Blier, the French director whom Xavier happens to love. In all, he has about seven hectares of vines, all are certified organic.
There is so much playfulness that goes on in this bottle. Chenin Blanc is the variety here; as it is not a variety that’s grown in Bourgueil, it is deemed a Vin de France. “Les Valseuses” is made into a petillant naturel, aka natural sparkling, using residual sugar in the juice to kick start fermentation. Its name means “The Dancers,” another film reference to Bertrand Blier, and the way the bubbles dance on the tongue.
Donkey & Goat, Lily's Pet Nat 2019Regular price $45.00 Save $-45.00
In short, Jared and Tracey Brandt of Donkey and Goat Winery are pioneers of the natural winemaking movement in California. After spending time in France back in 2002 with noteworthy winemaker Eric Texier, they returned home to Cali, inspired and ready to apply their inspirations in winemaking and marketing. Using a completely natural process in the cellar and vineyards; the couple does not fine or filter the wines, and just a small amount of sulfur is used at bottling. Their winemaking headquarters are located in Berkeley where they can implement their hands-on approach; they source grapes from Sierra Nevada, Mendocino, and Napa.
Marco Barba, Gambellara Barbabolla 2019Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Garganega (90%), Glera, Trebbiano, Moscato and Riesling
Marco Barba is the name and face behind this project out of the Veneto region in Northern Italy. Before winemaking became a focus, Marco was a carpenter and moved to the Jura mountains in Switzerland where he bred cattle while tending fruits and vegetables. His interest in biodynamic farming grew, ultimately bringing him home. He thus began a new chapter working with friend, Stefano Menti of Menti Wines, and his father in their family business endeavor. Menti Giovanni Farms nurtured his viticultural passion and he started to vinify grapes from vines that he was managing. Today, Marco Barba is a team of three, including his friends, Giulio and Tommaso. They run the winery in a biodynamic-forward manner with respect for nature.
Barba Bolla is a fun way of saying “Barba bubbles” for this wine is done in a pet-nat style with that bit of fizz. This is a blend of white varieties grown in the vineyards that Marco manages. This wine has its biodynamically farmed backing. The winemaking approach is natural of course, but Marco takes a different approach by adding juice from dried grapes to kickstart the fermentation and, simultaneously, the sparkling process.
Stolpman Trousseau Pet Nat 'Combe' Ballard Canyon 2019Regular price $45.00 Save $-45.00
When winemakers Pete Stolpman and Rajat Parr decided to collaborate on this particular project, wondrous things inevitably would happen. The project is named “Combe'' for the French word referring to a sheltered valley in a vineyard. Pete and his parents had been growing native French varietals in Ballard Canyon for years, though once Raj discovered the pale limestone soils, the Jura native variety Trousseau made its home here. They bottled a Pet-nat of Trousseau—the only Trousseau Pet-Nat in the world! As the oldest method of sparkling winemaking, this style is considerably unique. This wine was harvested, disgorged, and bottled early all to retain freshness and life with the bubbles created naturally in the bottle.
Taille Aux Loups, Montlouis-sur-Loire Petillant Triple Zero NVRegular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Chenin Blanc
Jacky Blot of Domaine de la Taille aux Loups is a rising star in the French and international wine scene. He produces his wine with true vision and no sacrifice, two attributes rarely seen in the commercial wine world today. While working as a wine broker in the Loire Valley, Blot came into contact with a winemaking family no longer capable of caring for their land. Believing the site needed to be respected and shown to the world, his inner voice urged him out of his office and into the vineyards. From this beginning, in 1989 he has since expanded his lands to include parcels in Vouvray, Montlouis, and Bourgueil. Though just across the river from Vouvray, Montlouis does not have the strong market grip of its neighbor. However, its vineyards and age of vines can produce wines that outshine just about anything.
Jacky Blot takes his exemplary winemaking skill and applies it to a pet-nat. The Chenin comes from 40+ year old vines. It’s aged on its lees for 24 months for more aroma and nuance and aged in used barrels. The fermentation process is one long one. Triple Zero refers to the three “Zeros,” zero chaptalization, zero liqueur de tirage, and zero dosage, an ode to less intervention.