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Vouette Sorbee Champagne Blanc dArgile R16 NV

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Gautherot was delighted with the vintage (2015) in general noting that the Chardonnay from this cool terroir was just beautiful: ripe, fresh and pulpy. That assessment plays out in a striking wine of Grand Cru intensity and drive, fuelled by densely knit grapefruit, nougat and floral tones tapering to a long salty finish. These 2015s are simply a more complete example of this terroir than 2014. You can also expect a lick of white pepper and quinine alongside a touch of mouth-watering grip.

Within the cold, west-facing Biaunes lieu-dit there is a small and lonely parcel of Chardonnay (the Côte 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’s vines in Avize and Vincent 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 offer. Upcoming vintages will also take in Chardonnay from the Vouette vineyard (that was previously planted to Pinot Noir and had previously supplied fruit for Fidèle). - Importer Note

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The Aube Valley in southern Champagne is the least well-known region of Champagne. It barely features on wine maps of the region! This is mainly due to it's isolation from the rest of Champagne. In fact, the southern parts of the Aube, like the Cotes des Bar, are closer to Chablis in location, climate and soil structure than Epernay (the heart of Champagne).

Vouette et Sorbee's tiny 5.5 hectare estate is located in the Cotes des Bar of the Aube in Champagne. The soils here are dominated by Kimmeridgian limestone and the climate is a lot sunnier than the north of Champagne giving wines of depth, breadth and length. They are powerful and unique expressions that need to be considered, so please allow them to open up and serve in a regular wine glass, not a flute.

- Chris L

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

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