Thanks to the Pét-Nat method, this sparkling is a rustic presentation of the ancient Alsace land. The Pinot Gris provides medium body and creamy texture to the wine, with exotic fruits such as apricot and banana. On the palate, it is mouth filling with flavoursome fruits. The body of the wine is cloudy and the bubbles are delicate.
Wine Name: Before the hour (Avant l'heure) - it indicates the moment when the fermentation is stopped
Soil: Chalk, Clay
Grape: Pinot Gris
What is Pét-Nat?
Pét-Nat is the nickname of Pétillant Naturel, a sparkling wine made by the méthode ancestral (ancient method). The wine is bottled prior to its first fermentation, allowing carbon dioxide to be produced by the natural sugars in the grapes. This production method is contrary to the méthode champenoise (champagne method), in which the base wine is fully fermented, then undergoes a secondary fermentation in bottle with the addition of yeast and sugar. Unlike Champagne, Pét-Nat is not disgorged, and may or may not be filtered.
Pét-Nat is usually low in alcohol. It has a light and fizzy mouthfeel. The wine looks cloudy, becase of the lees remained and lack of filtration. Pét-Nat production is extremely variable and can be hard to control and therefore requires a level of expertise on the winemaker. The result is a raw, rustic, and lively wine, extremely reflective of its terroir.