Winemaker, Bernard Vallette calls this charming rosé sparkling, ‘Née Bulleuse’. ‘Née’ is the feminine form of ‘born’ or how a French woman would say, “Je suis née à….. – I was born in…” The pronunciation (‘nay’) sounds similar to the French word for ‘nose’ which is ‘nez’. ‘Bulle’ means ‘bubbles’ and bulleuse would mean ‘bubbly’. Thus, it could be Bernard’s way of calling his wine ‘bubbly nose’ or it could have a connotation to a woman who is naturally bubbly. Je ne sais quoi! Suffice to say, this is a real tasty, well-made sparkling Gamay which Bernard fermented in stainless steel tank and aged on the lees for 3 years before disgorgement. It packs a good mid-palate punch of juicy, candied sweet tart fruit combined with a little hint of earth. The finish is clean and crisp with good length.
Bernard Vallette comes from a line of Beaujolais vignerons who sold most of their grapes to the bigger co-ops. However, Bernard wanted to take on his own production so he founded Domaine Vallette (not to be confused from Robert Vallette, also another producer in Beaujolais) in Lachassagne and now runs his Demeter certified biodynamic wine estate with the 6.5 hectares of vines he inherited from his grandparents.