Alcohol Grade: 12.8%
Aging/ Vinification: Ancestral Method. Harvest by hand at good maturity unlike the Champagne method, to press, then to begin a traditional vinification. Monitoring becomes increasingly important at the end of fermentation, and when 20g of sugar remains per liter of wine, it is stopped by the cold. The yeasts resume their work after bottling, and it is the slow second fermentation in the cellar that will create these fine bubbles and this refreshing taste. Aging on slats lasts at least 1 year, followed by “natural” disgorgement, without expedition liqueur. The wine rests for another 2 to 3 months, then it is offered for sale.
Annual Production: 6,000 bottles
Best to have it: 5-8ºC
Size: 750 ml
The Winery: Château de Targé
Historic Domaine de Saumur of the Targé family since 1655. Magnificent castle built into the calcareous rock, ideal for having the region’s cépages (Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc).
Paul Pisani-Ferry, an ambitious and passionate young man, studied enology and traveled the world before returning to the winery. He converted the vineyard to organic, not without facing difficulties since 2016 and 2017 were years of hail and diseases. He lost part of his vintage but the quality of his wines rose impressively.