Stolpman Vineyards, Trousseau Pet-Nat 'Combe' Ballard Canyon 2021Regular price $44.00 Save $-44.00
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.
Several years back, Pete Stolpman was convinced that Ballard Canyon would be the perfect place to experiment. He began growing the Trousseau variety, native to the cooler eastern regions of France. With a bit of winemaking consultation from friend Raj Parr, the ‘Combe’ project was born. This variety made both a natural sparkling pet-nat and a still red. The fermentation is a natural one and takes place all within the bottle.