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Vouette Sorbee Champagne Blanc dArgile R14 NV

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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.” The vines here yield only 15-20 hl/ha each year – one of the keys to the quality and intensity on offerFermentation is wild and has traditionally taken place a mix of Burgundian pièce and 400-litre fût, purchased from vigneron friends in Burgundy.  The new vintages now include a portion of fruit fermented and raised in Georgian amphora (see below). As with theFidèle, this wine spent roughly 15 months in bottle, sur lattes, before being disgorged by hand (zero dosage) in October 2016. It’s a super mineral, nutty wine with crunchy stone fruits. There is lovely, pulpy fruit but also racy, crunchy acidity and terrific length with a twist of pleasant astringency. It takes you (the 60 miles) to grand cru Chablis and back again. The R14 magnums have spent a little more time on lees and were disgorged in January this year.

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“Like many artisan Champagnes, the Vouette et Sorbee are wines first and foremost. They should be opened in advance, given some air and served in regular white wine glasses, never flutes. All of the wines are fermented in barrel, using only indigenous yeasts. There is no cold stabilization, fining or filtering and the wines are bottled with no dosage. When the wines are on, they are among the most exciting wines being made in Champagne. Bertrand Gautherot crafts gorgeous, handmade wine loaded with personality.” - Antonio Galloni

“The Champagnes of Vouette et Sorbée are uncompromisingly original, possessing deep, vinous aromas and assertive personalities. These are wines before they are Champagnes, and their intensity of character makes them more suitable to contemplative drinking or to accompanying food than to casual sipping. They are clearly the products of a natural philosophy of viticulture, with all that that implies in the French wine world…” - Peter Liem

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A gentleman and a farmer, Bertrand Gautherot is today one of the more influential growers in Champagne, especially in the Aube where he is encouraging young growers to make their own wines or to sell to local, high quality producers rather than to the big houses further north. Today we offer his latest releases of the wines from this uncompromising producer including Fidèle, Saignée de Sorbée and Blanc d’Argile, as well as our first allocation of Extrait, Gautherot’s late-disgorged vintage cuvée, and our second allocation of Textures - a varietal Pinot Blanc partly raised in amphora. 

The key points: Vouette et Sorbée’s vineyards have been certified biodynamic since 1998. With the exception of the Fidèle cuvée, Gautherot’s wines all come from a single harvest, noted by the “R” number on the back label. Even Fidèle includes only 5-10% reserve wine, so it would be eligible to be called a ‘vintage wine” in any other region. These are all super complex, textural, yet savoury wines made with low (or no) sulphur and without a drop of dosage. They are the products of low-yielding, ripe fruit, intense, limestone driven minerality, and a farmer who abhors manipulation. They are also delicious wines of great transparency and sense of place. They could not be more authentic.

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Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMinimal Intervention
Vineyard PracticesOrganic/Biodynamic
Product typeWine Sparkling Champagne

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