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Les P'Tits Vélos

We use the name "Les P'Tits Vélos" (= "small bicycles") for our sparkling wines. They can either be the result of spontaneous refermentation (name is then "En roue libre" = "freewheeling"), or of a secondary fermentation following the so-called "Traditional method" of adding a sweet solution when bottling ("A pignon fixe" = "fixed-gear").

  • APPELLATION:
    - As the rules of the appellation do not allow for sparkling wines, this range is produced as a "Vin de France" (was "Vin de Table").
  • GRAPE VARIETY:
    - 100% Chenin, or may be combined with Pineau d'Aunis.
  • SOIL (TERROIR):
    - All our vineyards may contribute to this blend.
  • VITICULTURE:
    - Ground works: ploughing, earthing-up and hoeing. No weed killers.
    - Manual harvest.
  • VINIFICATION:
    - by natural refermentation - the wine starts fermenting again, using the natural sugars present in the original harvest (naturally sparkling).
    - "traditional method" - the wine starts fermenting again thanks to the sugar solution added when bottling.
    - a minimum of two years on wooden laths is carried out to refine the bubbles and allow the mousse to develop.
  • TASTING:
    2013: made with a selection of grapes from the 2013 harvesting, this sparkling wine was disgorged late 2017 after 4 years of ageing in bottle on laths. No frills, no subterfuges, it reflects the vintage, dry, subtle and mineral. Straight and lively, you will have many opportunities to enjoy it, for the wine itself or with some simple meals. Have fun!
  • SERVICE:
    - Goes with: aperitifs.
    - Drink within 5 to 10 years. Open and serve cold at 8°C (48°F).
     See also: maturity period and food matches
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