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Val de Mer French Sparkling Non Dosé NV - wino(t) brooklyn
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Val de Mer French Sparkling Non Dosé NV

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About the wine:

100% Chardonnay. Average vine age 25 yrs old. Located just 7 km from the border with Champagne near the village of Tonnerre, just East of Chablis. (The Val de Mer sparkling wine is from the same vineyard as the Bourgogne Blanc). Clay and limestone soil. The grapes for the Sparkling are harvested between one and two weeks before the Bourgogne in order to preserve the acidity necessary to make a balanced sparkling wine. The wine is aged in stainless steel tanks until the spring when it is bottled for the second fermentation. The wine remains on the lees in bottle for a minimum of 13 months before being disgorged and no dosage is added.

About the producer:

Val de Mer is Patrick Piuze’s second winery, co-owned with Moutard-Diligent. The winemaking is very similar to his own, eponymous line: both are hand-harvested, both are spontaneously fermented, and the élèvage is the same  (used barrels for 1er Cru and Grand Cru and tanks on entry-level.)

However, there are distinct differences. The fruit for the Val de Mer wines does not come from the same vineyards. They are produced in a separate winery- Val de Mer is in Tonnerre- and is an above-ground cellar, so the wines take the temperature of the season during aging. Lastly, you could say that Val de Mer is a more traditional Chablis winery in the way that the wines are bottled, favoring broader representations of the vineyards. For Val de Mer, the entry level Villages wine is a blend, compared to Piuze where his Villages Chablis are bottled separately by village; and, where Piuze has a Vaillon 1er Cru “les Minots”- les Minots being the specific parcel- Val de Mer simply has a Vaillons 1er Cru.