Les Capriades Pet-Sec Blanc

Regular price $33.00

Winemaker: Pascal and Moses

Appellation: Touraine, Loire Valley, France

Grape Varietals: Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc

The driest and most mineral driven of the range from Capriades is “Pet Sec” made from a majority of Chenin Blanc with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc.  This is an oyster-appropriate wine with intense limestone minerality.

Pascal and Moses are located within the Touraine appellation, in the town of Faverolles-sur-Cher.  Designated “négociant vinificateur,” they buy the majority of their grapes, which they harvest themselves from a handful of local organic growers around Faverolles.  The soils here feature silex and clay with limestone subsoil, which of course helps the wines attain their crunchy mineral backbone.
The process of making méthode ancestrale sparkling wine is both incredibly simple and incredibly difficult to execute well.  First, there’s extensive sorting in the vines.  Because the wines are made without sulfur, the grapes have to be perfect; flaws in the grapes will mean bigger flaws in the wine.  The juice begins to ferment in tank, and at the opportune moment mid-fermentation, the wines are bottled to complete their fermentation under a crown cap, trapping carbonic gas and giving them their soft, frothy bubbles.  It’s both an art and a science bottling at the right time to create wines of varying levels of sweetness, not to mention stability in a category noted for instability and bottle variation.

The wines are riddled before disgorgement using a giropallet, and are disgorged by hand, in some cases twice due to the large amount of deposit in the bottle. Les Capriades maintains unassailable status as the best Domaine at making this style of sensitive yet highly satisfying sparkling wine.