6 PACK, 750ml BOTTLES, $39.99 EACH
Gramercy Wine & Spirits Notes
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). The average vine age here is 25 yrs old which are grown on 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.
Val de Mer, which loosely translates to “Valley of the Sea,” is a second winery owned and produced by Patrick Piuze. Patrick has a partner in Val de Mer who hails from Champagne and no doubt has a hand in the fine sparkling wines produced under this label. The overall estate is comprised of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from a combination of estate holdings as well as some sourced fruit. Val de Mer has given Patrick the opportunity to produce a few other wines unique to the Chablis region that he does not produce under his Patrick Piuze label, including two sparkling wines and a Bourgogne Blanc. He believes in a very “hands-off” approach to making wine. Native yeasts, long fermentations, no enzymes or nutrients are ever introduced, battonage is skipped, and sulfur is kept to a minimum. The wines all ferment and age in stainless steel, with the premier and grand crus spending time in neutral wood.