Domaine De La Taille Aux Loups (Jacky Blot) "Triple Zero" Montlouis Pétillant

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One of Jacky Blot most striking creations is his TRIPLE ZERO, a lightly sparkling wine that he describes as "above all a natural wine that happens to have some bubbles." The TRIPLE ZERO begins with fully ripe Chenin Blanc grapes from low-yielding, 50+-year-old vines in the Montlouis appellation. There is no chaptalization; this is the first of the three ZEROS. Blot bottles the wine after about 3 months, when the fermentation in barrel has proceeded to the point where the natural sugars have almost fully fermented and only about 14 grams per litre of sugar remain.At this phase, Blot adds no liqueur de tirage, or sugar syrup, as is common practice in champagnisation; this is the second of the three ZEROS. Just as the Triple Zero is made in traditional method with two fermentations in bottle, it also clarified and finished in the traditional way before the final corking. This procedure is necessary to remove the yeast deposit that develops in the bottles as the wine rests on its lees after the 2nd fermentation. And at this last stage before final bottling, Blot adds no liqueur d'expedition or dosage of sugar-rich juice, as is commonly done; this is the third of three ZEROS. The result is an unfiltered, naturally made sparkling wine with unsurpassed elegance, purity and expression of fresh, soft citrus and pear flavors. The Domaine de la Taille aux Loups Montlouis Triple Zero is ideal on its own, as an aperitif and as an accompaniment for a wide variety of foods and fruit dessert

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/18/2009  | Send Email
100% Chenin Blanc is the reason behind this honeyed, leesey, subtle citrusy nose. The palate shows lots of richness, with flavors of creme fraiche just ripe stone fruit and limes, as well as something unexpected...mint? A beautiful, intriguing sparkler that can stand on its own but would also be a nice complement to spiced Indian or Vietnamese dishes where the go-to beverage of choice would be beer.

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Varietal:

Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.