The Vallette sparkling rosé wine has been christened Née Bulleuse, which translates as “born bubbling.” But Née Bulleuse is also a word play, since the French word nébuleuse (pronounced in the same manner) evokes at once the clouds in the Earth’s sky as well as the interstellar clouds that give birth to stars.
100% Gamay. Fermented in stainless steel tanks 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 vines he inherited from his grandparents.
Domaine Bernard Vallette, comprised of 7 hectares of vineyards, is situated in the village of Lachassagne in the Beaujolais wine region between Lyon and Mâcon. The soils are clay and limestone as opposed to granite. The grapes are all hand harvested and fermented with native yeasts using carbonic maceration and a comparatively lengthy aging in stainless steel. The resulting wines are charming and immensely drinkable in their youth, but also develop nicely with a few years of age. No additions in the cellar (including sugar) and just a touch of SO2 at bottling.
There is no more committed and passionate practitioner of biodynamie than Bernard Vallette. He is demonstrably attuned to the holistic rhythms of the universe, as evidenced by his business card that portrays representations of the seven chakras as well as a graceful spiral form evocative of the golden ratio.