Patrick Bottex Bugey Cerdon 2021
Wedged between Lyon and Geneva, Bugey is a tiny 500-hectare enclave of vines perched on the steep western flank of the Alps. Cerdon is one of three nominated sub-regions or crus, notable for their unique qualities, and for Cerdon this means sparkling wines only. This example is based on gamay, with a little poulsard, and is made using the ancestral method, whereby the wine finishes its fermentation in the bottle. There is a natural sweetness that is balanced by a fresh bite, and at only 8% alcohol it would make a really original, pink, fruity, and refreshing aperitif.