2016-C Domaine de la Bergerie Cremant Brut, Loire Valley, France (750ml)
A Quarterly Sparkling Wine Club Selection
This crémant has a pale golden hue. It has soft, appealing, floral aromatics with notes of fresh peaches. The palate is succulent, with flavors of golden plum, under ripe stone fruit and a hint of toasted hazelnut with an effervescent finish. Enjoy!
Domaine de la Bergerie was founded in 1964 by Marie-Scholastique Horeau, and is currently run by her grandson, Yves Guégniard, his wife, Marie-Annick and their daughter, Anne. The family has taken the lead in converting to organic viticulture and contributing to the production of some fascinating wines. The domaine is located in the heart of Côteaux du Layon, in the Anjou region of the Central Loire Valley. The vineyards are spread throughout multiple appellations, including Anjou, Savennières, Côteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume, encompassing a total of 89 acres. While Chenin Blanc makes up the majority of their vineyards, the domaine is also known for Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grolleau.
Domaine de la Bergerie has always adhered to a high standard of excellence. They use green harvesting techniques, which is the process of removing extra grape bunches from a vine, with the aim of balancing leaf area and fruit weight for a crop that can achieve better ripeness. Then they carefully sort and separate the yields for vinification of each harvested parcel. The Brut bubbly was crafted from organically farmed grapes (70% Chenin Blanc and 30% Chardonnay) and was produced by the Méthode Champenoise. The bottles were stored on the lees for two years before disgorgement. This wine received zero dosage.