NV Champagne Vouette et Sorbee Blanc d’Argile

A rare cuveé made from 100% biodynamic Chardonnay. Rich, dry and persistent through the finish.
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Bertrand Gautherot planted this tiny pint-sized vineyard in Biaunes in the year 2000.

He planted it with cuttings from Champagne luminaries Anselme Selosse and from Dauvissat’s legendary Valmur grand cru vineyard. The vines were planted wild amongst the natural native vegetation. Yields are kept painfully small, making for a powerful, concentrated Blanc de Blancs, even at this young vine age.

This wine makes no commercial sense, the intense labour and meticulous attention to detail for such a small production cuveé could only be for a labour of love.

It's a beautiful wine: raw, dry and showing exceptional fruit. It's a stunning depction of Chardonnay from what is traditionally Pinot Noir territory.

Vouette et Sorbée Blanc d'Argile Extra Brut

Within the cold, west-facing Biaunes lieu-dit there is a small parcel of Chardonnay (the Côtes des Bar is overwhelmingly planted to Pinot Noir) that Gautherot planted wild, without preparing the soils, amongst the native vegetation. Established in 2000 with massale cuttings from Anselme Selosse and from Dauvissat’s Valmur grand cru vineyard, this portion of the vineyard is now the origin of what Antonio Galloni calls "one of the most beautiful and distinctive wines in Champagne.” To craft such a deeply resonant wine from young vines, Gautherot has had to be brutally frugal with his yields; his vines are severely pruned to one single branch or ‘baguette’ and the site yields just 15-20 hl/ha each year. This figure is astonishingly low by any standard, let alone Champagne, and even Gautherot has admitted it’s a little crazy. Naturally the postage-stamp size of the plot and its microscopic yield account for the precious rarity of this wine. Fermentation is wild and takes place a mix of Burgundian pièce and 400-litre fût, again purchased from vigneron friends in Burgundy. As with the Fidèle, this wines spends 15 months in bottle, sur latte, before being disgorged by hand.

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    EVELYN A.
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    3 months ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    A real treat!

    Deliciously vibrant and complex, remarkably fine mousse- a very special champagne.

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    Value for MoneyRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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    nicholas b.
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    2 years ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    NV Champagne Vouette et Sorbee Blanc d’Argile

    Stunningly pure and bursting with energy. Love this wine

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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