The Jousset’s are a young couple making amazingly pure and highly sought-after wines from their domain in Montlouis-sur-Loire. A recent string of terrible harvests due to hail caused them to purchase or harvest grapes at befriended (and equally organic or biodynamic) vignerons elsewhere in France, which are vinified and bottled under the ‘Exilé’ label. In fact these ‘Exilé’-cuvees have become so prolific that they are now probably more famous worldwide than their greatest domain-sourced work.
Lise et Bertrand Jousset ‘Mosquito’ Petillant Naturel 2018
Vinification: 80% Muscat grapes harvested at the Roussillon domaine Danjou-Banessy, plus a touch of the Jousset’s own Chenin Blanc. Natural fermentation starts in vat and finishes in bottle, after which the wine is left undegorged.
Character: A lightly sparkling, uber-generous wine bursting with flower-y, grape-y and citrussy aroma’s. Its wild fruit and touch of residual sugar make it a nice fit with slightly spicy Asian dishes like Rendang, but it’s especially fun when poured as an after-dinner cocktail substitute.