Thierry Puzelat and Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme are legendary wine makers in the Loire and as I've tasted more of their wines they've become a couple of my favorites. This is made from bought grapes, but bought grapes that they control the farming of, so organic and fermented with just as much care and passion and manual effort as on Thierry's own family vineyards.
This sparkling wine (Petillant Naturel) is 100% Cabernet Franc, naturally fermented, disgorged to remove some of the dead yeast, and then bottled without adding any sugar rich dosage to boost the wine's effervescence.
Aroma: Puzelat Bonhomme's Petillant Rose smells like gorgeous rich red flowers, kind of like the strong smell of azalea bushes. The aroma isn't monotone and st the same time there's also a delicate and fresh raspberry aroma to the Puzelat-Bonhomme. It's a very pretty and beguiling aroma that also has a hint of rising bread dough that gives it a grounded earthy quality.
Palate: The Puzelat Bonhomme has small fine persistent bubbles. The flavor is really rich on the palate; It's a mouth full! There's citrus and very ripe strawberry. Overall he Petillant Naturel is an out of this world psychadelic strawberry lemonade kind of experience. There's residual sugar but it's totally in line with the rest of the wine so it doesn't jar you: it's not a sweet wine at all. Puzelat-Bonhomme's Pet Nat rose is juicy and rich but energetic and vibrant at the same time. All the while it also projects this relaxed aura of calm and confidence.
In conclusion this is the most delicious thing I've drunk in quite a while and I'm going to ration it out to customers. People have raved about other petillant naturel wines to me recently but none of them hold a candle to this. It will be about $28. Currently Maine and Loire and the Blue Hill Wine Shop are the two places that have it.