2021 Pét-Nat of Melon de Bourgogne
Pétillant Naturel is a method of producing sparkling wine, also referred to as “Methode Ancestrale”, where the carbonation occurs from bottling the wine at the tail end of the primary, alcoholic fermentation, in order to capture the carbon dioxide that is being naturally released. We grafted this Loire variety into our vineyard in 2011, but it wasn’t until 2016 that we took the opportunity to experiment with the Melon grapes using the same techniques applied to our original Pét-Nat of Pinot Noir. The 2021 Melon Pét-Nat is unbridled yet soft, with more of a frizzante style bubble profile this vintage. After a short 3-hour maceration on the skins, extracting phenolics and golden gifts from the ripe skin, we pressed and slowly fermented the juice in tank before bottling in Spring of 2022.