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Bulles de Génie

Jean-Francois Mérieau

Bulles de Génie Bottle
Appellation
Touraine
Variety
Pineau d'Aunis, Grolleau Gris
Age of Vines
60+
Farming
Sustainable
Soil
Clay limestone, chalk
Altitude
120 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, direct pneumatic pressing, natural yeast fermentation in tank
Aging
12 months sur latte, disgorged and bottled without dosage

Overview

The was a time when growers didn’t talk about their Pineau d’Aunis much less brag about their old vines of it. That was when much of this distinctive black cherry and peppery-flavored wine was blended away into generic sparkling wines or made into insipid sweet rosé. Jean François Mérieau treats his Pineau d’Aunis with respect and makes a delicious dry rosé, La Rosée, as well as a sparkling wine from his 60+ year old vines of this rediscovered variety. He adds a touch of Grolleau Gris to the final blend and always bottles the Bulles de Génie without any dosage.

Loire, France
  • Location
    Loire, France
  • Appellation
    Touraine
  • Proprietor
    Famille Mérieau
  • Winemaker
    Jean-François Mérieau
  • Size / Elevation
    35 hectares / 120 meters
  • Portfolio
    Jon-David Headrick Selections

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