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Champagne Blanc d’Argile, Vouette et Sorbée 2018
The jovial and outspoken Bertrand Gautherot is a vigneron at heart. He started back in 1986 tending his family’s vines in Buxières-Sur-Arce, on Jurassic limestone hillsides nearer to Chablis than Reims, selling grapes to Champagne houses. A deep respect for his terroir and concern for his young family triggered a conversion to biodynamic farming (Demeter certified as early as 1998) leading the way to sustainable viticulture in the Côte des Bar and the Aube region as a whole - a long-lasting inspiration for the younger generations of local growers.
Encouraged by some of his peers and friends, the like of Jérôme Prévost and Anselme Selosse, he bottled his first wines in 2001 refining his unique style over the years, crafting exceptionally textured, complex and terroir-driven champagnes.
Meticulous viticulture has been practised for more than two decades, yields are tiny, grapes are pressed by an old traditional wooden Coquard press, the wine isn’t pumped or fined and filtered, low SO2 is added at press only, ageing occurs in new to 8yo barrels (fûts for pinot noir and 500/600ltr barrels for chardonnay), and all his champagnes benefit from a couple of years bottle age after being disgorged without dosage.
Oak aged in 4-10yo 500/600ltr barrels before bottling for 'élevage sur lattes', it is richer, deeper and more complex than many blanc de blancs but still with tightly wound acidity and salivating minerals – like a top Chablis GC with fine bubbles.
Producer Champagne Vouette et Sorbée of Bertrand Gautherot
Origin Buxières-Sur-Arce, Aube, France
Alcohol 12% ABV
Style Structured spakling
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Manual harvest. Indigenous yeast fermentation. No filtration and no fining. Disgorged 11/20 - Non dosé.
Notes Organic, Biodynamic , Demeter certified