Gilles Tamagnan

Domaine des Pierrettes, Fines Bulles, Loire Valley, NV

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"Refinement" is the best description for this Sparkling Chenin Blanc. With elegant fragrances of mixed citrus, white flowers, and a superb minerality, the long bottle aging of 36 month is worth the wait! The flavors are complex, balanced with a refreshing acidity, and a stunning lingering minerality. Fines Bulles Blanches is a stellar wine for Blanc de Blanc champagne and crémant lovers. The terroir of flintstone shows in this wine vividly! Vegan wine: using diatomaceous earth (mineral based compound) for finning. Organic by French standard, and HVE certified. Only sells this wine in the U.S.

10-25 years old
HVE certified winery, in biological conversion. Natural irrigation, no watering or water retention system. Winter pruning is done by hand, and is over by march. They apply the "one bra" cut, leaving 3 to 4 coursons maximum in order to keep lesser but better and bigger grapes. The wood cut stays between the rows and is crushed to favorize soil fertilization. The first trellising of vines is done in April. intensive weeds/grass cutting/grinding are being held until June/July. Since the Domaine is in Biological conversion, all treatments are certified natural. The fewer the better. In September, samples of fruits are tested to define which parcels are being harvested. The harvest is done by hand around mid-September in order to get the best grape sorting possible and avoid any harmful aroma in the wine.
The vinification of the first fermentation is frank and direct. We obtain a very fruity and flowery wine. We use the traditional method for the second fermentation in the bottle. The wine is kept for up to 36 month on racks allowing the bubbles to be very refined.
Chenin Blanc
2,500 cases
Loire Valley
Loire Valley
Clay-with-flint. The soil is filled with lots of small stones, giving their name to the Domaine des Pierrettes

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