Domaine Joussett 'Bubulle' Pet Nat 2018
Pet Nat - The Jousset way
'Then, there is the next true love of Lise & Bertrand… The Pet Nat ! These two beautiful souls have made Natural Sparkling Wines their absolute love and specialty. And we are so thankful ! To my mind, they are unequalled in the entire world in creating delicious yet serious Pet Nat. Their Pet Nats are not an afterthought or something to do with odd ends or underripe grapes. Vineyards are selected pre harvest to be dedicated to making full, rich, ultra premium sparkling wine.
The real secret to their success in making exhilarating natural sparkling wine is, in truth, not a secret but just the fortunes of climate and cellar. When the Joussets pick their grapes, it is often late September and the mornings are cold. By the time their slow natural fermentations begin to make any serious inroads into the grape sugars, it is December or January. It is now really cold, all day ! A perfect opportunity to bottle unfinished wine, naturally cold settled, calm, precise, complex, and let it become fine sparkling wine in the bottle. They disgorge their sparkling wines in order to favour precision and preserve the wines’ vinous qualities.
Their Pet Nats are thus pure expressions of a single vineyard, nothing added, nothing taken away, with no SO2, pure and precise, chalky and mineral.
This is the one. Refer all your previous and subsequent Pet Nat experiences here. Orchard fruit, Chenin purity and generosity, chalky flinty minerality, and a lovely medium bubble. Initially fermented in old oak for around 3 months, then assembled and bottled with no additions, and allowed to finish in bottle for bubbly goodness.'
- Virtuous Vine