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JOUSSET 12 EXILE PET NATUREL
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Bottle Size: 750ML
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DOMAINE JOUSSET 2012 EXILE PETILLANT NATUREL (VDF)

In this bubbly the sparkle was created using only native yeasts without the addition of any sugar or other additives. As you know, nearly all Champagnes and Crémants are given designer yeast for their first and secondary fermentations and are bottled with a sweet dosage. This 100% Chenin Blanc cuvee was initially fermented in a combination of used 300L and 400L barrels and vats. Bottling took place in June 2013 and disgorgement in January 2014. The result is an exceedingly fragrant bubbly that exudes aromas of pink grapefruit, crème fraiche, and green melons. Fine bubbles amplify its bright citrus profile while the mouthwatering finish adds subtle almond pastry notions to the mix. A revelation in sophisticated refreshment!

Bertrand Jousset is a passionate, larger than life (he looks to be about six foot six) Loire Valley vigneron. Bertrand and his wife Lise are part of a vanguard of young wine producers that are revitalizing the Mount Louis wine scene. Located in Touraine on the left bank of the Loire River opposite from Vouvray, Mount Louis features old vines and relatively inexpensive land making it something of a Mecca for a new generation of winery startups. Loire Valley natives, the Joussets had always dreamed of working with Chenin Blanc. That dream seemed far off until suddenly in 2003 they happened upon a small, run-down estate for rent that offered great potential. The property featured an historic ridge top chateau with three levels to facilitate gravity flow winemaking. More importantly, the property possessed 26 acres of old vines averaging 60 years of age. After nearly a decade of moonlighting and scrimping, the couple was able to assume ownership of the estate. Their vineyards are divided into 25 garden-sized parcels planted primarily to Chenin Blanc rounded out with small holdings of Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Grolleau, and Chardonnay. Bertrand mainly overseas the grape farming which is strictly organic. He also follows an aggressive pruning schedule to limit yields and takes extra time and care to field sort his fruit at harvest to ensure that only the healthiest grapes make it to the crusher. The winery is Lise’s relm where she follows a non-intervention regime that includes fermentation with native yeasts, minimal application of SO2, and clarification without filtration.
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