NV Pierre Gerbais Champ Viole Lieu Dit Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut

Champagne, France

A crunchy and layered Blanc de Blancs from one of Champagne's best growers




About the Wine

A vineyard with Chardonnay vines over 50 years old is the source for the NV Pierre Gerbais Champ Viole Lieu Dit Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, an attractive wine from the first sniff, with aromas of citrus peel and spice intermixed with brioche and apple.

Bracing acidity is the name of the game with this wine, giving the wine an energetic feel in the mouth, alongside. Minerality imbues the champagne with energy, thanks to the soils which are closer to those of Chablis and Sancerre than the rest of Champagne. The acidity, minerality and salinity will cut through many fatty, salty foods, or simply enjoy it on its own.

About Pierre Gerbais

The Gerbais family has farmed their patch of the deep south of Champagne, Celles-sur-Ource in the Cote-des-Bar, since 1930.

An organic operation since 1996, this family Domaine is notable for their use of Pinot Blanc in their Champagne cuveés. The addition of this variety brings a floral aspect to the wines and brings a freshness to the acidity.

Aurélien Gerbais, 8th generation grower and 4th generation winemaker runs the show, releasing fine elegant wines, delivered in a delicate frame.

Aurelien Gerbais doing the disgorging!
Aurelien Gerbais doing the disgorging!
Photo Credit: Michel Joly
Additional Info

From the Importer

The lieu-dit (single parcel of vines) of Champ Viole is a historic terroir in the village of Celles-sur-Ource, selected by the monks for its location in the heart of the hillside and for its southern exposure. Here, the family’s Chardonnay vines are older than 50 years, rooted in Kimmeridgian soil composed of marl and fossil-rich limestone—a unique soil with greater resemblance of that in Chablis and Sancerre than the chalk soils of the northern Champagne region.

Fans of Champagne Pierre Gerbais will recognise this lieu-dit as a source for half of the House’s erstwhile Blanc de Blancs cuvée, L’Osmose. With this lieu-dit vinified in isolation for the first time and complemented with perpetual reserve wine from 2011 to 2017, the Gerbais family present a rare insight into the fascinating Côte des Bar terroir through Champ Viole NV.

Fruit is vinified in stainless steel vats, undergoing malolactic fermentation and maturation on fine lees before ageing for 36 months sur latte (storing bottles on their side for secondary fermentation and maturation). Disgorged in April 2021 and finished with 3 g/L dosage, Champ Viole is available in limited quantities, with only 6102 bottles produced.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 12.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

Audrey & Aurelien Gerbais
Audrey & Aurelien Gerbais
Champagne, France

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