Who: Agnés Vitteaut, Manager and granddaughter of the founder. This is a family domain since 3 generations, installed since 1951 in the village of Rully.
Where: Rully, 60810.
Vineyards: Above the Côte de Beaune, lie the hills of the Hautes Côte de Beaune at 400 meters altitude, exposed to the rising sun. We cultivate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Aligoté. The clayey, marly and calcareous soil gives the Chardonnay grape variety both minerality and finesse, the Pinot Noir grape elegance and fruity, the Aligoté grape, all its freshness, and lightness. Today
the vineyard represents 22 ha. The blending of base wines is a step that determines the quality of an effervescent wine. This diversity of choice offered by our vineyard, and that offered by our traditional winemakers of grapes, allows us to make assemblages that are the finesse and personality of our Crémants.
Cellar: “In Rully, and throughout Burgundy, the Crémant harvest opens the harvesting period. Because of its peculiarity, Crémant de Bourgogne is still harvested before still wines. Indeed, the harvest must be done with good maturity that is to say when we obtain a perfect balance between fruity and freshness.
We strive to maintain this balance at every stage of development. The choice of the date is primordial, it will result in all the fineness of the Crémants de Bourgogne Vitteaut-Alberti. It has always been a tradition at Vitteaut-Alberti, and it has become the rule for Crémant de Bourgogne, the harvest is manual. Harvested by hand in pierced crates, the grapes for crémants are handled with care: we avoid the bursting and maceration of the berries, and thus, the oxidation of the wines. The production of Crémant de Bourgogne is in progress: the grapes are conveyed whole to the press, by a carpet so as not to grind the grapes, and pressed in the hour following the picking. Pneumatic presses provide progressive pressing in stages. These technical requirements guarantee the quality of Vitteaut-Alberti Crémants. The production of Crémant de Bourgogne is in progress: the grapes are conveyed whole to the press, by a carpet so as not to grind the grapes, and pressed in the hour following the picking.”
Fun fact: One can walk through the vineyards in this area of France and find seashells and a wealth of mineral deposits from the ancient seabed that once covered this region of France. To say that the soils are rich in minerality in the Crémant de Bourgogne appellation would be an understatement!
Vitteaut-Alberti bubbles are distributed in Massachusetts via Hogshead Wine Co.