Grapes: Aligote + Apricots
Vinification: Direct press, then bottled before fermentation is complete. Fermentation is finished in bottle, where the co2 is captured. Julien puts a large “tea bag” of apricots in with the fermenting wine and it develops undertones of the apricots without dominating the resultant sparkling wine.
Aging: 6 months in bottle
Fining or Filtering: Disgorged
Notes from the Importer: Originally from the Auvergne, Julien Altaber started his career at the side of Dominique Derain in St. Aubin. Keen to produce his own cuvees, the two struck a deal, whereby Julien would continue to help Dominique, all while learning his trade, and in return, Dominque would help Julien source fruit + loan him the use of his cellar to produce his wines.
Why did he do such a radical thing for this wine. Well, it is all rather simple. The famous Belgian brewer of lambic beers, Cantillon, has a beer called Fou’Foune and guess what they do. You guessed, they add 300 grams of apricots for every one litre of beer and leave it to macerate for 5 weeks. So this is an homage to a beer that Julien likes very much.