Mikaël Bouges La Bulle 2021

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REGION:
Touraine, Loire, France
GRAPES:
Côt (Malbec) & Gamay
VINEYARD:
Organic
CELLAR:
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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A blend of direct pressed Côt and Gamay from vines over gravelly limestone, this is Mikaël's rosé pet nat. A little rounder than previous years, still with the crunchy red apple and raspberry fruits but with a richer level of ripeness and a balancing, savoury undertow from the six months the wine has spent on its lees. Its gentle fizz lends itself to particularly easy drinking - a perfect bottle to reach for on al fresco summer afternoons.

Mikaël Bouges works organically over 8 hectares of land split into various parcels dotted around Faverolles-sur-Cher in Touraine. He learned to tend vines and make wine with his father who also worked organically as far back as the early 90s, so a thoughtful approach in the vineyard and in the cellar has been with him from the start. Mikaël seeks to express the varied alluvial soil types he works over, and only makes single varietal wine from each of the individual parcels. The changing course of the river Cher over the centuries has left a patchwork of calcerous limestone soils, much of which are speckled with quartz and silex.

The resulting wines are profoundly mineral and represent a real sense of place. In the cellar the wines ferment spontaneously and are not filtered or fined, with a small amount of sulphur used only at bottling. We feel they are very classical in their expression; clean, bright and with incredible purity. We love to show them to people who are in some way dubious about this very logical way of working - Mikaël’s wines tend to put paid to the sceptics. The wines from younger vines are made in tank and are great for the table; the older vines see an extended elevage in old barrels and invite deeper contemplation.