2019 Patrick Bottex Bugey-Cerdon La Cueille

Bugey-Cerdon, France

Insanely fragrant and frisky Pet Nat from Gamay and Poulsard. The perfect summer thirst-quencher.


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You have to taste to believe how good this is!!

Sebastian Crowther MS

About The Wine

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Nestled between the Savoie, the Jura, Burgundy, and the Rhône, is the French appellation of Bugey. In this hidden pocket there are three 'crus' that are recognised as the finest terroir of the region.

Cerdon is the only one of these sites given over entirely to sparkling wine with this La Cueille from Patrick Bottex being one of the best cuveés from the site.

It's methode ancestral (Pet Nat) made from Gamay (90%) and Poulsard (10%). A beguilingly fragrant and juicy little fizzer, this is very low in alcohol - the perfect thing to slake your thirst in the heat of summer.

La Cueille in situ
La Cueille in situ
Bugey-Cerdon, France
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From The Producer

We call ancestral method, the technique that allows make the Cerdon sparkling. Fermentation turns grape sugar into alcohol and gas carbonic; so we use this natural reaction. After harvest, the grapes (Gamay and Poulsard) are crushed and pressed following a slight maceration to obtain the rosé color.

After settling, (elimination of impurities at the bottom of the tank), the juice is put in vats for fermentation; this is spontaneous; there is no yeast. During this phase, the gas escapes at the top of the tank. About halfway through fermentation, the wine is bottled. In the cellar, at a temperature of around 10 °, fermentation resumes in the bottle, naturally without the addition of sugars or yeasts. The gas trapped in the bottle makes the wine sparkling.

After about two months, the pressure is sufficient, the fermentation stops naturally.. The wine is filtered and corked permanently; the Cerdon is ready to be consumed.

Blend : Gamay (90%), Poulsard (10%)
ABV : 8%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2023
Bottle Size : 750ml

The Patrick Bottex basket press
The Patrick Bottex basket press
Bugey-Cerdon, France
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"A magical blend of 90% Gamay & 10% Poulsard, it's a deeper shard of rosé with luscious wild strawberries, raspberries and cherry. The palate has a pristine sweetness and just lingers on the palate, while a fresh wave of acidity adds details and precision on the palate. During my time working in restaurant I often enjoyed using with with spice dished. The little tickle of sweetness was perfect to help combat the heat. Equally this is perfect as an aperitif, fruit based desserts or for summer sipping!! You have to taste to believe how good this is!!" - Sebastian Crowther MS

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Great Brunching Wine

Relatively low alcohol content. Goes really well with French toast or strawberry topped crepes.

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