2018 Mousseux

2018 Mousseux
2018 Mousseux

The 2017 - 2018 winter was not particularly severe with most nights staying above zero and only minor amounts of bud mortality reported. April was quite cool which kept the buds tight but a warm May ushered in bud break and a new growing season. June was fairly typical but overall conditions through July were quite dry, in fact for a few weeks the region was under a low-level drought warming. August was very warm and humid with overnight lows way above average and on August 14th-15th the southeast corner of Seneca Lake received over 11 inches of rainfall, causing widespread damage. The wet weather continued straight through September and October with hardly a meaningful reprieve. The poor weather increased disease pressure dramatically, presenting challenges not seen in many years.

Match this sparkling Chardonnay with something just as bright and fun – we recommend “Dancing Queen” by Abba paired with the perfect celebration. Bursting with floral notes and a hint of honeysuckle this Mousseux is the perfect pair for your next toast or mimosa!


Sapore (15% discount): $15.30

Rotondo (20% discount): $14.40

Corposo (25% discount): $13.50 

Production notes

Harvested on October 3rd at 19.8 Brix, the grapes were hand sorted, destemmed and pressed. The juice was chaptalized to 22 Brix, cold settled and racked, 70% tank fermented with VIN 13 yeast and 30% barrel fermented with VIN 2000 yeast and aged for 3 months. On January 8th the tank and barrel lots were blended and returned to stainless steel for further aging and stabilization. The wine was pad and membrane filtered, chilled down to 30F for five days then force carbonated into the bottle to 3.37 volumes or 47psi of pressure. Bottled on March 6, 2019.

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Varietal Composition100% Chardonnay
AppellationFinger Lakes
VineyardSawmill Creek Vineyards
Harvest Date10/03/2018
Acid6.4 g/l
Residual Sugar0.7
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/06/2019
Cases Produced311



Planted 1991
Lansing soil, gravel silt loam, 15%-25% slope
Clone 76 and 95 

Atwater Vineyards in Burdett, NY is located along the southeast corner of Seneca Lake, in a stretch of sloping vineyards many refer to as the "banana belt" of the Finger Lakes. We thank Ted, Chris, Patrick and Mike for their dedication and passion!


Vinny Aliperti started his wine journey making wine as a teenager with his relatives, never considering it would one day become his profession. After graduating college with a liberal arts degree and a stint in the Peace Corps, an opportunity to pursue commercial winemaking on his native Long Island was presented and he never looked back. From 1997 through 1999, Vinny apprenticed under winemaker Roman Roth at Wolffer Estate, producing mostly Chardonnay and Merlot at its state-of -the -art facility.

In early 2000, Vinny moved his family to the Finger Lakes to work at the legendary Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, where he was first exposed to Riesling production. In 2001, Vinny joined the startup Atwater Estate Vineyards, where he continues today heading up winemaking operations for over 15 varieties. Its 8000 case facility produces estate grown wines, including multiple Rieslings, Gewurztraminer, Blaufränkisch and Cabernet Franc.

With Atwater's blessing, Vinny and his wife, Kim, started their own label, Billsboro Winery, in Geneva, NY in 2007. Sourcing grapes from Sawmill Creek Vineyards on Seneca Lake, Billsboro specializes in producing small lots dry vinifera wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, Syrah, and Pinot Noir.

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