Gamay & Pinot Noir from Bailly, Burgundy, France.
Bailly, our village here in Burgundy, is the birthplace of the AOC Crémant de Bourgogne. Since 1972, in an underground quarry providing unique natural conditions, we have produced sparkling wines that belong to a world of enchantment. They come from superb noble grapes, handharvested then vinified and patiently matured. Our wines, sprung from the bedrock yet finely chiselled, carry one away with their intense, truly mineral freshness
The caves Bailly Lapierre groups 430 winegrowers who provide the grapes for making Crémant de Bourgogne. During the Jurassic period 250 million years ago, the slow breaking-up of the Pangaean land mass gave rise to the Tethys Sea. Present-day France was completely under water. A few islands emerged, tropical in type, and the landscape would have been like the Caribbean as we know it: an island (now the Morvan), a coral barrier reef (Mailly-le-Château and Arcy-sur-Cure) and a shallow lagoon (Saint-Bris) forming a habitat for shellfish and ichthyosaurs. Slow sedimentation resulted in the build-up of great limestone deposits that erosion later cut away, forming the Yonne valley and the limestone outcrops, more or less deep, that run from Courson-les-Carrières to Châtillon-sur-Seine. Thus the site at Bailly was born.
TERROIR/VITICULTURE: The soil in which these vines are grown is made up of marine and limestone deposits, with limestone outcrops. Hand-picked grapes are transported from the harvest in open-sided bins of 45kgs to eliminate any damage to the berries.
VINIFICATION: Airbag presses. Must obtained on the basis of 100 litres of juice from 150kgs of harvest: 75% first pressing, 25% second or later pressings. Both yeast and malolactic fermentations carried out, blending of separately-made wines, then preparations for bottling that is carried out after January 1st.
TASTING NOTES: In this wine, notes of Red Delicious apple come clothed in a berryish, fruity guise. The smooth, rounded palate also homes in on Red Delicious ripeness, layering rich fruit onto berry charm and citrus brightness. This wine is easy, generous, bold and fruity, with a dry finish.
FOOD PAIRING: Serve this wine alongside Shellfish, Poultry, Lean Food, Fried Foods, Creamy Cheeses, with Snacks, or simply as an Aperitif.