Jacky Blot, one of France's leading natural wine producers, was originally a wine merchant who got into wine production two decades ago out of frustration dealing with lazy Loire Valley grape growers and incompetent winemakers. He practices organic viticulture with stringently low yields in order to optimize fruit ripeness and purity. While all his wines display stellar fruit and have developed cult followings, this Triple Zero is arguably his most original creation.
The Triple Zero begins with fully ripe Chenin Blanc grapes from low-yielding, 50+ year old vines in the Montlouis appellation. The grapes are harvested by hand, carefully sorted on a sorting table and transported to the winery in small plastic crates to minimize bruising of the fruit. Thanks to the unusual ripeness achieved in the vineyards there is no need for chaptalization; this is the first of the three ZEROS. Blot bottles the wine and ferments in barrel. He adds no liqueur de tirage (or sugar syrup), for secondary fermentation, as is common in Champagne; this is the second of the three ZEROS. Finally, he adds no liqueur expedition or dosage of sugar-rich juice, leaving the wine dry; this is the third of three ZEROS. The result is a compelling completely natural, lightly sparkling bubbly with two and one-half atmospheres of pressure instead of the usual six.
British Master of Wine Jancis Robison's praise is spot on: "Apple-y Chenin with enormous vibrancy. I would love this served at a party! Not aggressively tart and dry. Just lots of fascinating flavor. Very racy and refreshing. Impossible to spit. Long but not especially potent…It shows that there are alternatives to Champagne among the great sparkling wines."
Given all the attention and know how that goes into the production of Triple Zero, the after sale price of twenty-five dollars is more than fair for this unique taste experience. However, thanks to a special onetime purchase we can, while supplies last, slash the price down to $18.98 which, as we all know, is the going tariff for soulless, factory fizz.