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My Article on Pet-Nat & Méthode Ancestrale
June 21, 2016
Thanks to Bulles au Centre for this picture from their yearly event (which I discuss in the piece).
My article on Pet-Nat and Méthode Ancestrale, at over 10,000 words, is the longest article in the current issue of The World of Fine Wine. My wonderful editor Neil Beckett has called it "landmark" and "benchmark."
As fortune would have it, I was present at the debut of Pet-Nat as it exists today. That is how the piece opens. I then explain how terminology has changed and delineate what they mean today.
There are reviews of the Pet-Nats and Méthode Ancestrales of fifty producers.
I decided not to include any wines that had been made using exogenous yeasts. I have received quite a few samples of those and will review them on this site by the end of the year.
Right now I'm working on a piece on Romorantin. Next up will be a story on Côt/Malbec in the Loire and in Cahors.
I'll mostly post a link to this story online after issue 53 of the World of Fine Wine Comes out.
Hoping it's sunnier where you are than it is in the Loire Valley, I am,