2016 Sarah’s Rustic Bubbles
The antithesis of those restrained sparklings produced in the méthode champenoise-style, this rustic pet-nat (pétillant-naturel) chardonnay ferments in-bottle without the aid of disgorgement, dosage or secondary fermentation. Opening each bottle is a surprise, evocative of the time and place where it was created. It is unpredictable, extroverted and deeply satisfying on a visceral level, exhibiting cidery characteristics that bridge the chasm between beer and wine. A great sparkling for brunch, casual celebrations or back-deck toasts in the gloaming.