Keep it natural, baby.
This wine is red, dark red even but there is no maceration. The grapes are pressed directly to tank and the juice begins its fermentation naturally. The reason for the dark color is because of the Teinturier varieties it is made from. Almost all grapes that produce wine are white fleshed regardless of the color of their skin, a few very rare varieties actually produce colored juice. The ancient varieties of Gamay this wine is made from do just that. Dominated by darker strawberry and cherry aromas. The wine is very fresh and bright with lovely green, savory notes. Drinks like a rose, with added texture and depth. High acid.
Les Capriades are wine producers using the Ancestral Method in Faverolles-sur-Cher, at the heart of the Région Centre. They are based in the Cher Valley, near the Chateaux de la Loire, a land rich in history and savours. The Capriades are putting all their heart and craftsmanship in producing 100% natural sparkling wines.
The Ancestral Method is brought back to life in the early 1990’s, in France, under the impetus of Christian Chaussard, a winemaker of the Loire said to have invented “the bubble-calibrating machine“.It is the most natural way to make the wine sparkle– no addition, no transformation, it’s Nature that carries on with her work by letting fermentation complete by itself.
All fruit is hand picked then sorted meticulously before it enters the winery. The wines are fermented naturally and slowly in old barrels without temperature control then bottled with residual sugar so that fermentation finishes in a bottle sealed with a crown cap. The wines are aged in bottle on lees for varying amounts of time (some whites up to 36 months) then disgorged entirely by hand (sometimes twice because of the large deposits) and bottled with a resealable Zork closure made from recycled plastic.
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