2018 Poiré 'Ad Astra'
From a single variety of pear called 'Plant de Blanc'. These pears come from Antoine's friend's orchard in neighbouring commune Domfront, and are collected by hand. They are old trees which grow on clay and shale. The first fermentation occurs naturally in stainless steel tanks. The second fermentation then occurs in bottle to form a fine bead. These are not disgorged. 3.5% alc.
Fresh and floral with crisp pear and sea breeze. Clean and displays excellent aromatics. Fresh in the mouth, with fine, persistent bubbles. Very well made. Nice pear notes – skins, flesh. Dry with sweet fruit at the front, followed by nice bitterness and austere, dry finish. Balanced acidity and a hint of salt, make this a crisp, dry, fresh and ultimately satisfying beverage. Very classy, one of my favourites.