Maupertuis Pink Bulles Pet Nat is produced by Jean Maupertuis. Jean was working in the computer sector in his previous life when he took a small vineyard with a friend in nearby Mirefleurs. The vineyard and winemaking thing pleased him so much, that he quit his IT job and went to Beaujolais to study a degree in wine. When he came back in Auvergne, he happened to find a vigneron (Eric Macé) in Saint-Georges-sur-Allier, who was in the process of retiring. Eric Macé who was already aware of the burgeoning culture of what we call the natural wines. Eric was already sommelier at the time (he opened since a string of wine shops/wine bars, la Cave du Sommelier in Brittany) but he had still decided to follow the training at Davaillé. So he rented his vineyards with a total surface of 3.5 hectares and he bought back his tools and vats and got to work. Jean Maupertuis’s Gamay vines are all relatively old, with the youngest having been planted in the early 1970s’. It’s mostly Gamay d’Auvergne, which is slightly different from the Gamay Beaujolais. He just has a small plot planted with Beaujolais Gamay, and he makes rosé or sparkling with it as it is younger and more productive. The Maupertuis Pink Bulles Cotes d’Auvergne is a wine made from 100% Gamay. This bubbly pale pink Gamay is relentlessly cheerful with delicious ripe strawberry flavours and mouth-cleansing acidity. Off-dry, it merits the cliché “summer in a glass” It’s far too easy to drink fast at 11.5 per cent.
This wine is made in super small production, and we are lucky enough to get a very small allocation, so make sure you grab it whilst it’s here!!