Ludovic Chanson Les Cabotines 2014
Chanson’s first vintage of solo production was 2009; he bottled a ripe Sauvignon Blanc as well as a bright, laser-like Chenin Blanc. His is a non-interventionist philosophy to winemaking that lead him to hand harvest with successive passes to select only grapes at optimal ripeness. He ferments with indigenous yeasts, utilizes no chaptalization, no enzymes, or benonite, and blocks malolactic fermentation.
Chanson’s primary aim is to craft wines that best express the minerality of the silex and perruches soils of Montlouis. So as he got his land legs, he decided to jump on board the sparkling wine train, a small, newish movement of producers who are making Montlouis sur Loire Pétillant Originel (affectionately labeled Pet’ Nat), which got its AOC in 2007. Pétillant is different from the traditional – or Champagne – method in that it has much less carbonation than wines crafted in that style. It’s creamier, merely fizzy, and incredibly pleasurable to drink. Pétillant Originel bans the addition of sugar to jumpstart secondary fermentation. Any residual sugar that remains in the wine once the still juice stops fermenting starts the secondary fermentation in bottle once warmer weather arrives.
Chanson continues to produce his flagship bone-dry still Chenin, Les Cabotines, and is currently bottling one dry Pet’ Nat, Les Pions, one off-dry still (demi-sec), Les Pêchers, as well as one sweet still (moelleux) called Safran which contains 64 g/l of residual sugar.