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The bubbles of a true muscat


It is on the slopes of the Southern Alps that the muscat grape finds its excellent aroma, fruitiness, golden color and just the right level of sweetness.
A unique, natural fermentation process turns these grapes into the fine muscat bubbles of the BAU Frizzant. Bau is a wine specific to the Provence region, with a unique character, inimitable fruitiness and great freshness which makes for a very easy-to-drink wine.

-    BAU is an ideal alternative to champagne, particularly for sweet desserts which do not marry well with the dryness of a brut champagne.

-    Bau is a celebratory wine! A vibrant, low alcohol fizz.

-    You'll love the deliciously fine bubbles of BAU frizzant de Muscat, an aromatic wine specific to the Provençal region, the perfect aperitif or dessert companion.

Our tip: Bau is the perfect partner for chocolate and fruit tarts. It is also particularly good served with the traditional Epiphany galette as almonds are the best companion of the muscat grape.


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According to Provençal tradition, it was "King René" who introduced the Muscat grape into our vineyards (which is why you'll find a statue of the king, grapes in hand, looking down over the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence.).
Although there is no disputing that he loved this grape, the truth is that it had already been in the region at least a century beforehand.
In Forcalquier, it was grown in the early 17th century.

"Bau," a sparkling wine made from the must of the white Muscat of Alexandria grape, boasts the specific aromatic characteristics of the variety... at times floral (jasmine, rose), at times fruity (citrus and exotic fruit), but also with a slightly spicy note.

Bau is the Occitan/Provençal word for a steep rocky slope. Here it refers to the steep rocky slopes on which we grow the precious Muscat grapes for our sparkling wines.



Production method

This sparkling wine is made from the must (grape juice) of the Muscat of Alexandria grape.
Fermentation takes place in a closed tank at a controlled temperature (18ºC to 20°C). It lasts on average one month.
When fermentation is stopped by chilling, there remains approximately 38g/l of sugar in the Bau.

The carbon dioxide is a natural product of the fermentation and retained in the product until it is bottled.

It is important to note that this is a low-alcohol wine with a pressure of around 2.5 bars, which undergoes only one fermentation. Its unique taste is very similar to the taste of a Muscat grape.

A few facts
The fizz or bubbles only appear when the bottle is opened. Until the bottle has been opened, there is not a single bubble inside and the wine appears exactly like a still (non-sparkling) wine. However, a certain quantity of CO2 remains saturated in the liquid. The gas increases in volume as the pressure falls, which is why there is a wire muzzle over the cork: it has the important job of preventing the gas from popping the cork by keep the content of the bottle at a pressure higher than the ambient pressure. This keeps a consistent volume of gas in a dissolved state in the liquid. When the bottle is opened, the internal pressure is immediately reduced to the ambient atmospheric pressure and the gas molecules gradually relax and join together. They then leave their dissolved state to finally become a gas. This transformation from liquid to gas occurs on the surface of the wine or in the sides of the container.
When the full quantity of gas dissolved in the wine has been brought to ambient atmospheric temperature the wine becomes flat and loses its effervescence.

How do you drink it?

With its lively character and low alcohol content, Bau is particularly good as an aperitif or with desserts.
Serve ice-cold as an aperitif to appreciate its full body and refreshing character!
With desserts. Bau is the perfect partner for chocolate and fruit tarts. It is also particularly good served with the traditional Epiphany galette as almonds are the best companion of the Muscat grape.

Organoleptic profile

Appearance: Bau has a light, rather golden yellow color with fine, light bubbles.
Bouquet: A definite Muscat aroma with floral notes of rose and jasmine, enhanced by a tiny touch of citrus and exotic fruits.
Palate: Bau can best be described as a very light, easy to drink wine with good length on the palate from the Muscat grape. The characteristic highly aromatic, rather fruity flavor of the Muscat grape unveils very unusual jasmine floral notes. To round off this unique aromatic bouquet, there is honey and an occasional hint of bergamot.

Before opening, store at room temperature (10°/20°C) away from light.
Once opened, drink immediately or can be kept for a few hours with a special sparkling wine stopper.