This sparkling wine from the Loir is made in the Traditional Method, or the same way as Champagne, but produced in the vineyars around Touraine in the Loire, in the northwest of France. There, the cool, continental climate is similar to that of Champagne, and ideal for making complex, refreshing sparkling wine.
One of the primary grape of the Loire Valley is Chenin Blanc - in Vouvray, Savennieres, and several other appelations. This bottle is 100% Chenin Blanc and and is called "Triple Zero" because there are three steps in the traditional method sparkling winemaking process in which a winemaker may add sugar: chaptalizing the must, liquer de tirage to start a secondary fermentation in bottle, and liqeuer de dosage to finalize the balance in the end product. Jacky Blot, a rock-star winemaker and trendsetter, does not add sugar during any of these steps, which leads to a just-less-than-fully sparkling wine of lazer-like precision, that also cannot use the "Cremant de Loire" appelation for this reason. This wine is an example that great sparkling wine doesn't have bear a fancy AOC designation.
Pairings: Starters, chicken, fresh fish, shellfish, veggies, hard and triple creme cheeses or as an apéritif!