Les Tetes Les Parcelles Tete Nat Petillant Naturel (2015) pours a bit cloudy--which isn't shocking with a pet nat. I am sometimes a bit apprehensive about these sparklers; not because they are bad but because you don't always know EXACTLY what you are getting. There is bottle variation with some petillant naturals. Sometimes, if you are in the mood for something fun and easy to drink a pet nat is just the thing; other times they are oddball and funky. Know your pet nat!
This one wasn't too odd or funky. But it also isn't a Champagne (they are never that).
There is some mild grapefruit on the nose but not really showing in the taste. There is also a hint of some sort of citrus pith here, not citrus but the fleshy, pith of the fruit. The wine is floral with a hint of of pear. Again, this isn't really your face but it is there. The wine has tiny, delicate bubbles. It is an elegant, easy to drink, pet nat rather than a funky one. I am not knocking funky ones mind you;I love those too but what you want on a given day may change based on your mood or menu.
This wine is from Loire and is all chenin blanc pet nats from the area tend to be chenin. Tete Nat is the result of certified organic viticulture and is created using native yeasts, no dosage as well as small vats with controlled temperature. A pet nat (as we have discussed before) is a different method from that used in Champagne (and used by many other sparklers).
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