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Festejar! Rosé - 2022

Patrick Bouju

3.8 / 5.0

France » Vin de France
rose ancestral sparkling, brut nature
Gamay, Merlot, Pinot Noir
1090 UAH
not available
Patrick Bouju Festejar! Rosé 2022

Festejar means party in Spanish. Pet Nat means bubbles and freshness. Gamay means fruitness. 11.5% abv means ease of drinking. Perfect aperitif.


3.8 / 5.0750 ml@Wix Kyiv Office · 2023 wrap-up

Even with the expected bottle variation due to the low intervention method, popping open a bottle of Festejar seems to consistently bring pleasure. It's quaffable and juicy, with inviting notes of barberry candy, red flowers, and chausson aux pommes. This wine evidently offers a delightful, enjoyable experience each time, making it a reliable choice for those looking for something both easy and pleasant to drink.

Wine #1 on 2023 wrap-up event.

3.8 / 5.0750 ml@Garage · Rural Bubbles Party by Vova and Mykola

Quaffable and juicy. Barberry candy, red flowers and chausson aux pommes. Give me Sunday, a few bottles of this wine and leave me in the woods.

Wine #8 on Rural Bubbles Party by Vova and Mykola event.

3.8 / 5.0750 ml@Wix Kyiv Office · Rose Petals Party Vol. 2

Do you think it's a bottle of Festejar? But in fact, it's a fizzy feast (hehe) of barberry candy, red flowers and chausson aux pommes. Juicy, fruity and quaffable. Among my favourite petnats of the season. If only the price was lower…

Wine #1 on Rose Petals Party Vol. 2 event.

3.8 / 5.0750 ml@Garage

What a nice rosé petnat, it's among my favourite ones. A lovely bouquet of red flowers, barberry candy, and chausson aux pommes (red!). It seems not complex, but it is easy to fall in love with this fruit of good quality and a refreshing mouthfeel. Delicious.

Patrick Bouju

Most of you should be already familiar with the legend of the natural wine movement from Auvergne. A former computer scientist (?), Patrick Bouju decided to throw the keyboard into oblivion (no connection with TES4) and replace it with farming equipment to delve into the earthy realms of viticulture. His entry into the winemaking realm was not abrupt but a gradual transition that fully materialized in 2008, though the foundation of Domaine de la Bohème was laid in 2003 (2004?).

Patrick's winemaking philosophy is deeply rooted in natural practices, resonating through his Domaine la Bohème nestled in the picturesque Auvergne region, a land still healing from the phylloxera plague of the past century. The region, characterized by a unique terroir with varying topography and higher altitudes, presents a cooler climate favorable to earlier ripening grapes like Chardonnay and Gamay. Patrick's efforts have been instrumental in rejuvenating the wine scene in Auvergne, drawing much-needed attention to this quaint wine-producing region.

The terroir of Domaine la Bohème is quite unique, with vines flourishing on basalt-dominant volcanic slopes, deriving a distinctive mineral quality from the extinct volcanic chain, Chaine des Puys, in the Massif Central of France. With an average vine elevation of 500 meters, Patrick meticulously tends to several small plots scattered across his village, some boasting of up to 120-year-old pre-phylloxera vines.

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Ivan Omelchenko with Patrick Bouju (wearing Vova Ulianov's hat). Photo by Anna Zinchuk.

Apart from his commendable endeavors in Auvergne, Bouju, in collaboration with Jason Ligas, embarked on the Sous Le Vegetal project in 2018 on the Greek island of Samos. This project is a vivid manifestation of his exploratory spirit, as it aimed at revitalizing somewhat forgotten native grapes of the region. The 'Auguste' 2018, the only red wine from this project, is a splendid example of Bouju's ability to breathe new life into 'traditional' grape varieties and create wines that are as engaging as they are enjoyable