Type: Dry sparkling
Appellation: Vin de France
Site & Vines: 25 year old vines
Grenache Blanc and Vermentino
Vinification & Elevage: Hand harvested, co-fermented and bottled (with a light filtration) before fermentation ends. Primary fermentation is finished in bottle and responsible for the natural bubbles. (Best opened cold!)
Notes: Contrary to the name, this is an exuberant bubbly full of citrus and pear aromatics. It has screaming acidity and tastes drier than it is. What little residual sugar there is comes across in the texture and roundness of the palate more than the perception of sweetness. Playful and delicious with a classic Provencal iodine, mineral finish.
Certified Organic and Biodynamic
According to Guillaume and Karina Lefèvre, "Domaine de Sulauze is more than a vineyard. It's a place that is alive and meant to be shared." And so it is at the annual raucous pig roasts where the bounty of the vineyard & cellar, brewery & hop yard, bakery & mill, olive groves, and farm animals, is all proudly shared at the table. Karina and Guilhaume came to the domaine in 2004 and immediately converted the vines to organic farming and a few years later, to biodynamic farming as well. Today the domaine is a winery, brewery and mixed use farm that encompasses 500 hectares of organic farmland. They have 30 hectares of vines on limestone and sand planted to classic Provence varieties like Vermentino, Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc and Clairette for the whites and Grenache, Syrah (and the more rare Sereine), Cab Sauvignon, Cinsault and Mourvèdre. Over the years Guillaume has brought back many vine cuttings taken from massale selection and grafted them onto his rootstock and now makes single parcel bottlings from these vines, including Vermentino and Sciacarello from Antoine Abatucci’s vines and Sereine (a historic, locally adapted variety of Syrah) from Hermitage. Everything is harvested by hand, fermentations are with native yeasts and whether sulfur is added at bottling depends on the vintage and cuvée. The domaine’s single parcels are ploughed by horse.