95 points Decanter
"Jacky Blot is acknowledged as a master of Chenin Blanc. The Triple Zero of this pet-nat refers to the zero chapitalisation, zero liqueur de tirage, and zero liqueur d’expedition. With a slow fermentation in old wood, this is a remarkable expression of Chenin Blanc with great depth.”
94 points Vinous
"A pétillant naturel from 40 to 80-year-old vines with zero capitalization, zero liqueur de tirage, and zero dosage. Aged 24 months on the lees. This is one of the better pet-nats I’ve tasted. Lemon and pineapple on the nose, with an underlying herbal character, and a long creamy finish. Drinking window: 2020 - 2035"
92 points Wine & Spirits
"Sprightly with chenin acidity, this wine’s tart apple and pear flavors pull in one direction while umami notes pull in another. It’s racy and completely dry, with a hint of salted caramels deepening the finish. For duck rillettes."
"According to Vin Cognito, this is the 2017 vintage, but there is no vintage indication on the label. Spontaneous fermentation in barrel of the base wine. Fermented in bottle but not disgorged (pet-nat style). 40- to 80-year-old Chenin vines, no chaptalisation, no liqueur de tirage, no dosage. 24 months on the lees.
I can't help thinking that Jancis may have under-scored this wine when she tasted it in April this year, especially as the wine has proven to punch way above its price bracket and age incredibly well. Sea shells and honey on the nose and a super-fine unfurling of bubbles – reminds me of the foam lines left curving across the sand when the hiss of a lazy wave has retreated back down the beach. Hints of honey and honeysuckle, quince and the soft spiciness of ripe pear. I would expect a triple zero (dosage, chaptalisation, tirage) wine to be pretty austere and formidable – most are – but this is exceptionally gentle. The Vin Cognito crew say this will age. I have two more bottles, so watch this space… Seems insanely underpriced. VGV *very good value*. 17.5/20 points. (TC)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
Jancis Robinson - Wine of the Week
"I was absolutely entranced by this wine when I tasted it in a line-up of assorted fizzes recently. Jacky Blot explains the name of this cuvée on the back label: no chaptalisation, no liqueur de tirage, no liqueur d'expédition. It just shows that there are alternatives to champagne among great sparkling wines.
This one comes in a smart, very dark bottle and stylish label and is obviously made from top-quality Chenin Blanc. The average age of the vines is apparently about 50 years and the hand-picked grapes are fermented in oak. (See Dry Chenin for more details.) The delightfully vivacious result is just 12.5% and this is my tasting note:
‘Gosh, this is interesting on the nose! Smells of a damp cellar, like a particularly successful natural wine. Apple-y Chenin with enormous vibrancy. I would love to be served this at a party! Not aggressively tart and dry. Just lots of fascinating flavour. Very racy and refreshing. Impossible to spit. Long but not especially potent.’
This stunning wine can be found around the world but the only British retailer I can find is Justerini & Brooks, who are currently offering it at £55 for six bottles in bond, which apparently somehow translates into £13.17 a bottle – surely a bargain. Note the prices in the other currencies."