Philippe Balivet -  Bugey Cerdon NV

Philippe Balivet - Bugey Cerdon NV

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Region: Savoie France

Variety: 100% Gamay 

Notes: Cherry - Raspberry - Violets

Unusually for the appellation, Vincent and Cécile like to add some 'vieux vin' to the blend for consistency and vinosity. Therefore this cuvée is a blend of 2018 (10hh) and 2019 (23hh). The grapes are harvested by hand and vinified by méthode ancestrale (see profile) using low levels of SO2 – 16 mg/l total. Second fermentation lasts four months at 10°C for a slow ‘prise de mousse’. The nose is bright and perfumed. The palate is fresh, precise and full of crunch, with cherry, raspberry, and violets underpinned by fine bubbles. A beautiful play between sugar and acids that keeps you going back for more until the bottle has suddenly disappeared!