Producer: Les Capriades
Region: Loire, France
Grape Varieties: Chenin Blanc
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Category: Sparkling, Pet Nat
Pascal Potaire – caviste at the dawn of his career – worked for others for much of his winemaking life: for Noëlla Morantin in the Touraine and for Nicolas Renard in Vouvray. He began his own label in the early 2000s, and was joined by his good friend and business partner Moses in 2011. Obsessed with balance, low alcohol, and high acidity, his mission became to bring the elegance and finesse of great Champagne to the world of naturally fermented sparkling wine. Happiest in the cellar, Pascal can be found daily monitoring his juice and maintaining his impeccable cellar, the quotidian tasks that make Les Capriades the pinnacle for méthode ancestrale sparkling wines. Moses, a logistician before he entered the wine world, handles marketing, and is in many ways the public face of this domaine.
The driest and most mineral driven of the range from Capriades is “Pet Sec” made from a majority of Chenin Blanc with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc. This is an oyster-appropriate wine with intense limestone minerality.