Piuze Val de Mer Crémant de Bourgogne
Wine: Patrick Piuze Val de Mer crémant
Patrick Piuze is a little known super star in Chablis. Drink anything with his name on it and you will be pleased, if not ecstatic. The Val de Mer is his naturally vinified Crémant de Bourgogne non dosé, a sparkling wine made in the same method as Champagne. Non Dosé means no sugar has been added to the final wine, without which Piuze and other naturalists believe allows the wine to exhibit its pure quality and true terroir.
In traditional sparkling winemaking, dosage is the act of adding sugar syrup mixed with wine to the bottle before corking. This is in part to replace wine lost after disgorgement and in part to soften the high acidity these wines naturally produce. A sweetened wine can still finish perceptively dry, the acidity is that high. Depending on how much dosage is added effects the final sweetness level of the wine. Some believe non dosé is the only way to avoid heartburn or hangover.
Patrick Piuze, Val de Mer Crémant de Bourgogne Non-Dosé is dry with ripe apple fruit and a soft feel on the palate, though the bubbles are very fine and acidity excellent. There's a toasty element from time spent on the lees, and a velvety quality both elegant and enticing.