Benastra La Flamant Rose Qui Péte
3 in stock
Region: Roussillon, France
Grape varieties: 100% Syrah
Benastra La Flamant Rose Qui Péte is a juicy and fresh pet-nat of Syrah. Tart red fruits and fresh bread, red plum and cranberry, hints of pepper and smoke.
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About Benastra La Flamant Rose Qui Péte
Benastra La Flamant Rose Qui Péte is a juicy and fresh pet-nat of Syrah. Tart red fruits and fresh bread, red plum and cranberry, with hints of pepper and smoke.
A méthode ancestrale sparkling wine. The grapes are direct pressed upon arrival in the cellar. Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tanks using only naturally occurring indigenous yeasts. At 9% of alcohol, the juice is cooled down and bottled under a crown cap. The fermentation finishes in the bottle. Aged in bottle “sur latte” for 6 months in the cellar. At the completion of the aging process, each bottle is disgorged, removing the sediment from the fermentation.
About Domaine Benastra
At the western end of the Agly valley, in the northwest corner of the Roussillon, a peaceful revolution is taking place. This rugged, windy region covered by granite and schist soils is now home to several very interesting and talented vignerons. What’s the attraction? With its combination of high-altitude old vine vineyards, complex soils, and the cooler climate of the Fenouillèdes, this is one of the few places left in France where world-class vineyard land is still affordable. At the forefront of this revolution is Joseph Paillé, an incredibly gifted vigneron who is producing some of the most exciting wines in the Roussillon today.
From a winemaking family in Anjou, Joseph was essentially working full-time in the vineyards by the age of 13. In his late teens and early twenties, Joseph honed his craft with stints in Burgundy, the Roussillon, Canada, and then Virginia, USA. In 2008 he returned to his native Anjou and partnered with his stepfather, Jo Pithon, and Wendy Paillé to create the now internationally renowned Loire estate of Pithon-Paillé. During his 7 years at the helm of Pithon-Paillé, Joseph produced wines from multiple appellations throughout the Loire Valley and established himself as one of the region’s top talents with Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Despite his success in the Loire, Joseph felt a calling to explore a new region. In late 2014 he made the difficult decision to leave the family business for the Roussillon where he started Domaine Benastra.
In just four short years Joseph has garnered a reputation for producing wines of vitality and nuance that clearly showcase the potential of the Fenouillèdes’ unique terroirs in the hands of a supremely talented vigneron. Joseph believes wholeheartedly that to produce great wine you must first be a great farmer. Yields are kept naturally low by the combination of poor inhospitable soils and the ever-present northwesterly wind, known as the Tramontane. Organic and biodynamic practices are employed in the vineyards, and the Domaine is in conversion for organic (BIO) certification. Joseph takes a low interventionist approach in the cellar and sulfur additions are minimal, as he prefers to utilize the naturally occurring carbon dioxide to protect the wines. Vinification for the reds is a blend of whole-cluster and whole-berry fermentation using indigenous yeasts, followed by élevage in mostly neutral vessels of multiple sizes. The Domaine’s lone white wine is fermented and aged in large oak barrels and certainly showcases why Joseph’s Chenin Blanc at Pithon-Paillé is so highly regarded.
The wines of Domaine Benastra seamlessly bridge the gap between the classical and the more modern natural wine movement. While Joseph does not identify as a natural winemaker, his methods would be considered natural by most. The major difference here is the level of depth and complexity found in Joseph’s wines that is so often lacking in natural wines. These are serious wines that beautifully demonstrate how “natural” wine can also be polished.