2020 Mosse Moussamoussettes
2020 Mosse Moussamoussettes Pink coral in colour, with aromas of raspberry, lemon, wildflowers, wet terracotta and hay. Tangy acidity glosses raspberry, red currant, lemon, a trace of candied violet and consistent fizz. A streak of walnut accents the crisp, mineral driven finish.
This rosé is the best proof that drinking pleasure and high standards are by no means mutually exclusive. Hardly anyone knows how to bring this into the bottle as elegantly as René and Agnès Mosse!
Sparkling wines in particular are often influenced by technology in the cellar. The exact opposite characterizes this Pet Nat. Unlike champagne, for example, pet nats do not require a second fermentation. During fermentation, the must is filled into the bottle with a residual sugar content, in which the carbonic acid develops under the typical crown cap. A taste guarantee is not possible with this “Méthode ancestrale”. Each year is individual and a little adventure to plunge into.
Louis/Dressner Selections, founded in 1988 by Denyse Louis and Joe Dressner, is a company started by two people who knew absolutely nothing about wine or its commerce. Yet somehow, over 30 years later we’re still here. How’d that happen?
It all started with two youngish graduate students studying journalism at NYU. On that fateful first day of class, Joe Dressner, a native New Yorker and recently retired communist revolutionist, sat next to Denyse Louis, a native Burgundian who’d grown up in Strasbourg and recently left France for the Big Apple. The two instantly became friends, later started dating and were married within the year. Joe and Denyse spent the summer of 1985 in the dilapidated house she and her siblings had recently inherited in Saint-Gengoux-de-Scissé, a tiny village in the Mâcon region of Southern Burgundy. Don’t try to pronounce Saint-Gengoux-de-Scissé correctly: it’s scientifically impossible for Americans.
Born and raised in New York City, Joe nonetheless found himself enchanted with the charms of rural France. Vines had historically been in Denyse’s family for generations and the hamlet of Poil Rouge was surrounded by them. Though the family grapes were being sold to the cave coopérative de Lugny (to this day the second biggest cave coopérative in France!), this connection gave Joe the idea of exporting wine to the United States.