The Loire's King of Fizz, Part II:
2019 Les Capriades “Piège à Filles” Rosé

Posted by Joe Salamone

Les Capriades are absolute masters of pét-nat. When I taste their examples alongside many of their peers, it seems like they know something no one else does.

In May, we offered Les Capriades Pet-Sec, a riveting and very mineral sparkling wine. It was our first pét-nat offer.

Today, I'm happy to offer the “Piège à Filles” Rosé, a wine that inhabits the opposite pole from the Pet-Sec. The Pet-Sec has a ruthless cut and laser focus, the “Piège à Filles” Rosé has plentiful red-fruited, savory notes, and is simply joyous. 

Pétillant nature (or pét-nat) is a way of making sparkling wines by putting wine that hasn't completed fermentation into a bottle. As the wine continues to ferment, bubbles develop. It's a style of wine that has become very popular. It's also a style that's really challenging to get right. Judging sweetness and getting the right amount of bubbles is really difficult. 

As I said earlier, Capriades crafts expertly made pétillant nature. Pét-Nat is almost their sole focus, and they are obsessed. They buy organically grown grapes from friends in Faverolles. They harvest the grapes themselves, putting them through a ruthless selection process. The soils in Faverolles are silex and clay over limestone. You can feel a tightly woven minerality coursing through all of their pét-nats.

Piège à Filles Rosé is based primarily on Gamay with some Côt, Cab Franc, and Pineau D’Aunis included. It has a richly textured roundness. Beneath this, you get lots of bright and snappy berry fruit, floral notes, spice, complex herbal inflections, and forest floor. It's irresistibly drinkable, but also seriously fascinating. 

Most people who have tried the wine come back for multiple bottles. It's difficult to imagine a more ideal picnic wine. I should warn you, though. The time to stock up is now. Our offer for Pet-Sec sold out in a matter of hours. 

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
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