L’Auvergne and the sparkling Brut 0 from Grosbot Barbara
Méthode Traditionelle Domaine Grosbot Barbara is something more than simply wine curiosity.
Even if for convenience Auvergne is often placed wine-wise in the upper Loire Valley, this lesser known wine area at the heart of France, not far from Clermont Ferrand, continues to have a life of its own.
Burgundy-esque from an ampelographical point of view, with Chardonnay, Gamay and Pinot Noir dominating its vineyards, and a continental climate with significant diurnal temperature variations, Auvergne has with Saint-Pourçain one of the most up-and-coming appellations after a past of living in the shadows.
Domaine Grosbot Barbara is the union between the Grosbot family, historic producers, and Denis Barbara, a young enologist who joined them after gaining experience in neighboring Burgundy and other areas.
The results, at least in regard to sparkling wines, are very self-evident and place this Brut 0 among the top produced by the competitive group of Loire sparkling winemakers. Brut 0 is basically a Blanc de Noirs, being made with Gamay, but we can assure you that it is not simply a wine curiosity.
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|Méthode Traditionnelle Brut 0 2014
||AaltoDomaine Grosbot-Barbara||07/18/18||Francesco Annibali||
Made off the skins from Gamay grapes and matured in enameled steel. Secondary fermentation took place in the bottle and the wine sat on the lees for 20 months before it was disgorged in December 2016...