Rajat Parr and Pete Stolpman’s esoteric collaboration is labeled “Combe” referring to the French word for a small sheltered valley within a vineyard.
Sometime around 2010, Rajat Parr became convinced of the great potential for the pale red Trousseau grape on the Limestone soils of Stolpman Vineyards. We decided to partner with him to make a light red Trousseau and a Trousseau Pet’Nat (the only Pet’Nat of Trousseau in the world). The first vintage was 2014, and we now have 2.3 acres of Trousseau planted. Next, Rajat lobbied to plant Chenin Blanc, and the 1.5 acres we grafted gave us our first wine in 2016. In 2017 a .5 acre block of Gamay has come online, most likely to be blended with Trousseau. More confident than ever in Rajat’s vision, we will planted Poulsard, Savignin, Granget, and Mondeuse in experimental trial quantities in 2017.
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2017 Combe Trousseau Pet’Nat might sound weird but once the top is popped, one discovers a truly fine sparkling wine. Gentle pressing and a March 2018 disgorgement combine to ensure a delicate mousse with a touch of creaminess.
Crisp and bright, subtle Apple, pear, and cherry fruit slowly emerge in the mouth. An inviting, delicious celebration wine.
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