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Sparkling Beauty from Renardat-Fache: 2020 Bugey Cerdon, NV "Initiale," 2020 "Au Commencement" (Poulsard) and "En Blanc Aussi!"

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"Hidden in the foothills of the Jura massif between Lyon and Geneva, the tiny village of Mérignat appears around the bend of a country road. Behind the austere demeanor of a small medieval village hides in the cellars a natural sparkling wine which reveals part of its mystery when the bottle opens and reveals its color..." - Renardat-Fache.com

Thirsty?

The Renardat-Fache Bugey Cerdon Methode Ancestrale has been a perrenial favorite at Chambers Street for its amazingly delicious sweet fruit and delicate bubbles - we're now happy to annonce the arrival of three new and fabulously yummy wines from our our friends Elie and Christelle.

Along with Elie's father Alain, they make their Cerdon from Gamay and Poulsard, and follow the technique of méthode ancestrale. The grapes are picked by hand, pressed and fermented in cold vats until the juice reaches about six degrees of alcohol. After a light filtration that leaves most of the active yeast in the unfinished wine, it is bottled and continues its fermentation in the bottle, reaching about 7.5 or 8 degrees of alcohol and retaining a fair quantity of its original sugar. It is more vinous (with grapey primary aromas) than most Champagne, since there is neither dosage nor addition of yeast before the second fermentation. 

Christelle

The first new release is the non-vintage Bugey Cerdon "Initiale" - made primarily with Gamay, Elie says it reminds him of what the estate was producing 20 years ago: fruity, "glou glou" Cerdon to knock back with abandon. Creamy, round and delicious with aromas of red and black fruits and spice, the wine is sappy and refreshingly sweet with ripe strawberry and raspberry compote in the finish.

The 2020 Bugey Cerdon, the estate's "normal" cuvee, has a much higher percentage of Poulsard this year (58% Gamay and 42% Poulsard) which gives the wine a lighter, dryer feel, even though the sugar level remains about the same. With beatiful ripeness and fabulous pure raspberry fruit, just a gorgeous wine.

 

Elie

For lovers of Poulsard comes the sensational 2020 "Au Commencement," made in a very old-fashioned style with less residual sugar and with 100% Poulsard, which the Renardats are proud to have in their vineyards. (The wine has no added SO2 and was not disgorged - being stilll on the lees, be sure to stand the bottle up for a while before opening.) Very little of this beautiful juice was made...

And finally, the 2019 "En Blanc Aussi" 100% Chardonnay. 2019 is only the second vintage of this méthode-ancestrale white, made from a small amount of certified-organic grapes grown on limestone soils purchased from a friend in Bugey. Hand-harvested, fermented with native yeasts in tank, bottled at 6% alcohol, kept on the lees for a year and finished technically dry (5-7 grams RS/liter) at around 10.5% alc.. (Will not be produced in 2020 or 2021)

Elie and Christelle are incredibly nice people who make delicious, authentic wines - we hope you will try all four and we hope to host the winemakers at a tasting in NY this Spring...

Renardat-Fache 2020 Bugey Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale

The 2020 Renardat Bugey Cerdon, the estate's "normal" cuvee, has a much higher percentage of Poulsard this year (58% Gamay and 42% Poulsard) which gives the wine a lighter, dryer feel, even though the sugar level remains about the same. The color is a clear raspberry in the glass. The nose also shows aromas of raspberry, teamed up with blueberry and strawberry, along with swaths of healthy grass, citrus peel, dark flowers and a thin ribbon of Alpine smoke. That same medley of berries is present on the palate, with the addition of  a slightly rounder flavor of cherry and a hint of an almost savory taste of blood orange. On the tongue, the wine is clean and zesty, with soft bubbles, medium acidity, and a dashing mineral core. The 2019 was a great wine... but the 2020 might be better!

  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Renardat-Fache 2020 Vin de France Au Commencement

The sensational new Renardat-Fache 2020 "Au Commencement," is made in a very old-fashioned style with less residual sugar and with 100% Poulsard, which the Renardats are proud to have in their vineyards. The wine finished at 11.5% alcohol with 17 grams of residual sugar and is classifed as a Vin de France because the Cerdon AOC does not permit pure Poulsard wines. (The wine has no added SO2 and was not disgorged - being stilll on the lees, be sure to stand the bottle up for a while before opening.) Very little of this beautiful juice was made. Completely different profile not just because of the lack of sweetness clocking in at 11.5 %, but also because of the slight bitter orange note reminiscent of Aperol! Savoury, herbaceous, blood orange, some grippy tannins, bright zippy acidity and a long persistent finish. An excellent food wine, bring on the grill!

  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 16 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Renardat-Fache NV Bugey Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale "Initiale"

The Bugey Cerdon "Initiale" is a new release from our friends Elie and Christelle at Renardat-Fache - made primarily with Gamay, Elie says it reminds him of what the estate was producing 20 years ago: fruity, "glou glou" Cerdon to knock back with abandon. Creamy, round and delicious with aromas of red and black fruits and spice, the wine is sappy and refreshingly sweet with ripe strawberry and raspberry compote in the finish. There is an appealing plumpness to this wine - it doesn't have the structure of the flagship wine but it makes up for it in juiciness. The effect is akin to eating a perfect ripe red plum, with crunchy tart skin and a touch of bitterness as one reaches the pit. Sam Ehrlich

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  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Renardat-Fache 2019 Vin de France En Blanc Aussi

100% Chardonnay. 2019 is only the second vintage of méthode-ancestrale white from Renardat-Fâche, made from a small amount of certified-organic grapes on limestone soils purchased from a friend in Bugey. Hand-harvested, fermented with native yeasts in tank, bottled at 6% alcohol, kept on the lees for a year and finished technically dry (5-7 grams RS/liter) at around 10.5%. The wine was not made in 2020 and will not be made in 2021. JP says it's gently dry, a touch chalky in flavor and feel, yellow apple-y, soft bubbles, kinda crisp and round at once.  Aperitif wine all day long...

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur