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Domaine Renardat-Fache 'Cuvee Initiale' Bugey Cerdon

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The Wine

96 % gamay, 4 % poulsard - 8% alc/vol

"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, Chambers Street

 

The Details

Variety - Gamay, Poulsard
Country -  France
Region - Ain
Sub Region
 - Bugey
Extra - Cork
Year - NV
Volume - 750ml

About the Wine Maker

The small French town of Merignat rests just near the Swiss border in a little-known VDQS called Bugey. The vineyards are hard to detect, little patches here and there on steep slopes looking southeast or southwest, lost in the midst of fields with grazing cows, and dense forests. The total Bugey acreage in vineyards is just 170 hectares. The varietals are many, borrowed from all the surrounding areas: Gamay, Poulsard (a grape from Northern Jura), Roussette, Mondeuse (both from Savoie) and Chardonnay. Many still wines are produced, but the region's star wine is the Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale, a semi-dry, pink bubbly made by spontaneous, but incomplete, fermentation. These wines are best consumed as young as possible to enjoy their freshness.