who grows the grapes at Domaine du Petit Coteau? who makes the wines at Domaine du Petit Coteau?
what wines do they make at Domaine du Petit Coteau?
From Petit Coteau, we purchase their Vouvray Sec, a dry wine called “Les Grenouilles” and their Méthode Traditionelle Sparkling wine. The Sec is bright, crisp, and reminiscent of lime and lemon juice on the rocks, and we don’t mean ice. The minerality is clear both in the flavors and texture of the wine which is a wonderful match for oysters and sushi.
when did Domaine du Petit Coteau start? when might you open a bottle?
The Vouvray Sec seems custom built for oysters, though we have some internal disagreement as to whether the best pairs are the briny, bright cold water bivalves from northern waters, or their larger, richer, fattier cousins. In either case, the lemon / lime acidity of “Les Grenouilles” cuts through the oyster’s weight and sparks a fun debate. As a date for BYOB Sushi, it’s quite attractive too.
where is Domaine du Petit Coteau?
why is Domaine du Petit Coteau a Candid Wine? why might you want a taste
We fell in love with their Sparkling wine first. It is so impressive at the price that we almost felt we had to have it in our portfolio. Sparkling wine is hard to make well and is so labor intensive that we rarely come across bottles, especially those made in the same way as Champagne, that are of any interest at $20 or less on the shelf. This one is a lovely addition to our Crémants from Burgundy, Alsace, and of course, Muscadet.
We’d suggest tasting purely to enjoy the quality of the wines, but it may also be useful for buyers seeking organically grown, vegan sparkling wines that people really want to drink at weddings, by the glass at restaurants, and for special occasions, like book club and Wednesday night dinner.
how is the wine made at Domaine du Petit Coteau?
The Sec is their driest wine and it has a touch of residual sugar that is all but masked by the natural acidity of the Chenin. The wine is not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation. The Sparkling wine is made in the traditional method (same as for the champagne) with a first fermentation in stainless steel vat and a second fermentation in bottle. It ages on average 18 months on the lees after the second fermentation. By law it has to be minimum of 12 months. The Dosage is at 13g/l. Domaine du Petit Coteau respects the rules of the organic viticulture.