Keep it natural, baby.
Pet Mex comes from a dry-farmed, and own-rooted 20ha vineyard comprised of a
mysterious grape variety that remains unidentified. The vines are planted close to the
Pacific Ocean in the area of San Antonio de las Minas by Ensenada, Baja Norte. The
grapes are hand-harvested, de-stemmed, and pressed after a few hours on the skins.
Fermentation is with wild yeasts in steel tanks, and the wine is bottled before
fermentation is finished, sediment is disgorged and topped with dry rosé a la metodo
ancestral. The result is a fresh and vibrant sparkling rosado, a perfect vin de soif to
knock down on a hot day. No filtration or added SO2.
Mexico has a centuries-long history of winemaking that has mostly gone under the
radar. Spanish conquistadores planted vines in the early 1500’s, before both Chile and
Argentina, and Baja California represents about 90% of the vines in the entire country
due to the ideal climate and geography. Brothers Noel & Jair Tellez, with the help of
Chilean (by way of Burgundy) winemaker Louis-Antoine Luyt, are producing amazingly
fresh and energetic wines from very old, recently recovered vineyards of Misión (aka
Listán Prieto), Rosa del Peru (aka Moscatel Negro), Tempranillo and Carinena, among
other varieties. Bichi means "naked" in some parts of northern Mexico, and for Téllez
and Luyt, it thus seemed like an appropriate name to give their new natural wine project.
Based at the Téllez family ranch in Tecate, just over the border from California, Bichi
farms 10 hectares of their own Tecate vineyards biodynamically and collaborates with a
growing family of organic farmers working vineyard land in Tecate and around Valle de
Guadalupe. The majority of the vines are head-trained and all are dry-farmed, handharvested, fermented with native yeast, and aged in neutral barrel or vat so that the
emphasis is on each wine’s Mexican terruño.
Katie and Denny,
We are your friendly, tiny, downtown wineshop and wine bar. We're here to share the most delicious selection of natural wines available in Louisiana with you.
Visit us to shop in person or order online and pick up in the shop.
210 E. Vermilion Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
Temporary Store Hours
Wednesday - Saturday