Beck-Hartweg Tout Naturelliment Pétillant 2020

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Dambach-la-Ville, Alsace, France
Pinot Noir & Muscat
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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We were very happy to get our hands on a couple of cases of this very un-Alsatian, Alsatian pét-nat - forget Cremant d'Alsace, this is something very different; a juicy blend of Pinot Noir and aromatic Muscat that goes into the bottle during its primary fermentation, is left to finish its conversion under the closure of a crown cap and is not disgorged, leaving, in this case, a fairly healthy dose of lees sediment in the bottle. The reason for this is two-fold. The extended contact with the lees negates the addition of sulphur in the wine - something Beck-Hartweg use very sparingly if the wine needs it, and in cases like this not at all. It also changes the appearance and flavour of the wine, lending salinity and texture. This is a big bomb of fruit that has something of a berry coulis about it, very fleshy, pulpy and concentrated. The Muscat provides that floral, aromatic lift and musky perfume that gives that exotic appeal of the botanical garden. The pét nat heads will find much to enjoy here.