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Berthollier Methode Traditionnelle 85.3 Brut is a delightful dry sparkling wine of 70% Jacquère, 30% Chardonnay from Savoie. Sustainable, practicing organic, non-certified.
The Bertholliers are of strong wine-making tradition; growers, owners and winemakers for several generations. Brothers Denis and Didier cultivate 10 hectares of vines on the southern slopes of the Savoyard in Chignin, located ten kilometers from Chambery. Their great-grandfather, Louis Tissot, founded the farm in 1850. Their grandfather Marius maintained a mix of farming and livestock, in addition to vines. His daughter Monique then took over and married Denis and Didier’s father, Alexis Berthollier, himself the son of winemaker. They abandoned polyculture to devote their activity fully to the vines. Alexis father, Victor Berthollier, who was winemaker at Aprement, was probably the first winemaker to bottle Savoyard wine for the mass-market in 1970! Denis and Didier harvest, vinify and do the bottling themselves at the domain. They have eliminated the use of insecticides and fungicides in all their vines and ceased the use of weed-killer since 2008, enabling grass to grow in the rocky slope vineyards. They use only naturally occurring, indigenous yeasts and very minimal SO2. Their wines have a pureness and finesse among the best of the Savoy region.
This traditional method brut has been made since 1985. The current vintage "85.3 " is the third name! Average 3-5gr/L residual sugar. Aged 18 months on slats. Whole berries pressing, cold settling without enzymes. Alchoholic fermentation by wild yeast. Assembling two different vintage wines. Bottle fermentation (secondary fermentation) over 15 months, then scouring and final corking with expedition liqueur. Very low use sulfites and compliance with lunar phases for the work in the cellar (racking, bottling ...). Golden yellow, brilliant color with a fresh nose,of white flowers.