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Vouette Sorbee Champagne Saignee de Sorbee NV

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Then there is Vouette’s cause célèbre, Saignée de Sorbée: a thrilling, idiosyncratic, sappy, stemmy, peppery rosé that can be thought of as a delicious light red as much as a rosé Champagne. The Sorbée plot is a little plateau above the slope where Vouette sits, and is almost pure Portlandian limestone, something very rare in Champagne. The site is almost flat, with a slight exposition towards the southwest. Gautherot harvests here in multiple passes, with only the smallest bunches and ripest fruit making it into his saignée. Sorbée is the vineyard that gives Bertrand the least stress. The vines here are between 28 and 45 years old and were always cultivated, since at least the 1860s, with no herbicides ever used. Gautherot feels that this made it easier to transition this site to his biodynamic practices.


This bottling comes entirely from the 2014 vintage – uncrushed whole grapes were macerated for six days in an open wooden vat before pressing. Vinified entirely without sulphur, the wine was aged for 10 months in 400-litre barrels and was disgorged without dosage in November 2016. Just a drop dead gorgeous wine, packed with crunchy, red fruit notes, as well as some resinous, sappy, stemmy notes. The hints of spicy, white pepper reflect Sorbée’s Portlandian soil. And there’s also loads of earthy complexity and tangy freshness that again honours the soil and the wine’s zero dosage. All in all, it’s an endlessly fascinating wine that demands food.


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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

Additional Information

Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMinimal Intervention
Vineyard PracticesOrganic/Biodynamic
Product typeWine Sparkling Champagne
Vintage2014
CountryFrance
RegionChampagne
Sub-RegionAube

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