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2020 Patrick Bottex, Bugey-Cerdon 'La Cueille', Savoie

Bugey is one of the best-kept secrets of France. It is adjacent to the Savoie on its western side, located in between Lyon, Grenoble, and Geneva. The wines of Bugey were first cultivated here by the Romans and were later resuscitated by the medieval monks. Still, the region had to wait until 2009 before receiving its own A.O.C. status. Today, Cerdon is considered one of three crus within the appellation of Bugey, and the only one whose entire production consists of sparkling wine.

​In La Cueille, one of seven high-altitude hamlets surrounding the historic medieval town of Ponsin, Patrick and Catherine Bottex are farming the limestone slopes above the Ain River. They have been working five hectares of land since 1991 and produce only a small quantity of their beautiful, intriguing sparkling wine. They bottle this low-alcohol wine using the méthode ancestrale, a rare technique that experts believe predates the méthode champenoise

Why do we like it?

The resulting wine is delightfully refreshing with bright fruit, a beautiful rosé hue, and a touch of sweetness. It is a magical blend of a majority of Gamay with a bit of Poulsard, it's a deeper shard of rosé with luscious wild strawberries, raspberries, and cherry flavours. The palate has a pristine sweetness and brightness, while a fresh wave of acidity adds details and precision. During my time working in restaurants, I often enjoyed using it with spice dishes or a desert base on raspberries & strawberries. Equally great as an aperitif or for summer sipping!!

 

Fruit             90% Gamay, 10% Poulsard

Country        France                                 

Region          Savoie                                   

Vintage         2020

 

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