Chateau Barouillet Splash Pet-Nat
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Region: South West France
Grape varieties: 100% Semillon
Chateau Barouillet Splash Pet-Nat is a textbook example of a great pet-nat: aromatic, buzzing with life, primary fruit, and great citrus acidity.
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About Chateau Barouillet Splash Pet-Nat
Chateau Barouillet Splash Pet-Nat is a textbook example of a great pet-nat: aromatic, buzzing with life and primary fruit, great citrus acidity, and pleasant light body with a hazy veil… and it’s so drinkable that the bottle will be gone before you say Splash.
Grapes are destemmed and direct pressed into stainless steel tanks where they ferment at a cold temperature for about 1 month. The wine is transferred to bottles just before fermentation is complete to finish fermenting as a pet-nat. The wine is not disgorged and has zero sulfur added.
About Chateau Barouillet
Chateau Barouillet has been a family business going back at least 8 generations. Vincent Alexis works alongside his father and grandfather to cultivate the land and has pushed the winery into Organic viticulture, starting to convert the soil in 2010 and fully converting all the vineyards by 2014. The domain controls 45 hectares of vines throughout Monbazzillac, Bergerac Pécharmant, and Cotes de Bergerac.
Sémillon is one of the wine world’s unsung heroes. The gold-skinned grape produces France’s most famous and revered sweet wines. Notably the long-lived and expensive dessert wines of Sauternes as well as some of the greatest dry white wines of Australia (specifically those of the Hunter Valley). And yet, few Sémillons between these two extremes attract much attention.
The grape’s home is Bordeaux, and in the 1960s it was planted more than any other variety there. It is here on the Atlantic coast that Sémillon gives its most famous expression: the botrytis-affected wines of Sauternes. Foggy mornings followed by sunny afternoons encourage the development of Botrytis cinerea, leading to the luscious, long-lived wines that are some of the most collectibles in the world.
On the west coast of Australia, Sémillon is used prolifically in Margaret River, blended with Sauvignon Blanc to produce the Bordeaux duo. In the Hunter Valley, just north of Sydney, some say that a certain amount of rain is actually beneficial to the production of unoaked Sémillon. The best Hunter Valley Sémillons have such high acidity that they used to be referred to as Hunter Valley Riesling, although there seems to be less confusion these days. These wines are some of the longest-living dry white wines in the world.
Dry Sémillon wines are also found in Graves, and to a lesser extent in the United States, New Zealand, Chile and South Africa. In fact, Sémillon was once the most widespread variety in both South Africa and Chile, but changing tastes have seen plantings decrease dramatically in the past 150 years.