Marcel Perinet began his career as a waiter, became one of France’s top sommeliers, and went on to direct a 3-Michelin-starred restaurant for decades before inheriting two and a half hectares in the Cerdon du Bugey AOC within the Savoie region. The catch? The only wine allowed in the AOC is sweet, sparking rosé, most of it indifferent and heavily sulfured. Perinet completely revised the style’s production methods, choosing to farm organically, focus on Poulsard rather than Gamay, and bottle without sulfur. The result? A fresh, concentrated demi-sec showing red apple, rasperry, and sweet cherry that makes a gorgeous nightcap, with or without dessert.
Pairing: Strawberry Shortcake, Cheese Platters
TYPE: Sparkling Rose
VARIETY: 20% GAMAY & 80% POULSARD
REGION: Bugey, Savoy, FRANCE