Touraine Brut Rosé – Les Pierres en Bulles
Les Pierres en Bulles Brut Rosé is a blend of 60% Gamay, 30% Grolleau and 10% Cot (Malbec). The vines, averaging 40 year old, are planted on sandy loess and clay soil. The 3 varieties are harvested when fully ripe, transported in small plastic crates and then vinified together. The juice is selected to give the most fine and elegant bubbles possible and to express the vinous essence of the red Loire varieties. It undergoes its primary fermentation in stainless steel tanks with only the native yeasts and natural sugar present in the grapes. The tank is cooled to stop the fermentation with about 18 grams per liter of residual sugar left, so to enable the secondary fermentation in bottle (Méthode Ancestrale). There is no malolactic fermentation. Les Pierres en Bulles Brut Rosé is bottled in January and aged sur latte for 17 months before dégorgement. It is finished with a light dosage of must with 8 grams of residual sugar. 12.5% alcohol. Less than 450 cases produced. Dosage: 8gr/l. RS: 10 gr/l.
About the Producer
Originally from the Loire-Atlantic part of France, Coralie and Anthony Rassin worked in various wines regions in France and abroad before settling in the appellation Montlouis - Coralie made wines at Jaboulet and Francois Villard and Anthony worked for Pierre Gonon. They took up the challenge to run their own vineyard and winery and put their experiences to work. In late 2015, they acquired the Montlouis estate, Domaine Flamand Deletang in St Martin Le Beau in its entirety. They renamed it Domaine Les Pierres Ecrites to make a new start while also giving a nod to the prior owner, whose grandfather was a famed archeologist of prehistoric drawings on stones in North Africa. Their main cuvée was called “Les Pierres Ecrites.”
The Domaine covers 8 hectares St Martin Le Beau: 5ha in AOC Montlouis planted with 100% Chenin Blanc vines, and 3ha just outside Montlouis in the Touraine appellation planted with Gamay, Malbec, Grolleau, and Cabernet Franc. The soil is limestone clay with silex and varying amounts of sand. The vines average 40 years of age and are sloping ground. Grass is planted in every 2nd row and the topsoil in the others rows is tilled so to check the development of surface roots and no chemicals are used. The Rassins do all vineyard work by hand (debudding, leaf stripping) and are in the process of adapting their pruning methods to put less stress on the vines by letting the sap flow more evenly (an important factor due to the ongoing problem of vine mortality.) Yields are kept to a low 30 hl/ha.
The grapes are hand-harvested and transported in small crates to ensure they arrive intact. The sites are vinified separately with the natural yeasts present on the grapes. The fruit is lightly pressed and as little So2 as possible is used. There is no malolactic fermentation for the still wines; with a pH level of 3 and high acidity, it does not occur naturally.
Farming/vinification practices: organic certification is expected in 2021. The wines are vegan. Minimal intervention winemaking: indigenous yeasts, no fining, minimal or no filtration (kieselghur). No malolactic fermentation, as the PH is too low and the acidity too high for the malo to start.