TF465- Vouette & Sorbee Blanc d Argile Champagne Brut Nature
葡萄品種：Chardonnay (Blanc de Blancs)
酒精度 : 12%
Degorge LE: 02-11-17 / R15
If you would have predicted in 1986, that Buxières-sur-Acre, nestled in the hills south of the medieval town of Troyes, would be home to one of the most heralded récoltants in Champagne you would have been greeted by two possible reactions: a blank stare or derision. A blank stare because few would know where to place Buxières on a map, and derision from those who could. It wasn’t necessarily Bertrand Gautherot’s plan either, as initially he continued to farm his family’s parcels conventionally, and he sold his grapes to large Champagne houses in the north. With an evolving respect for his terroir and concern for his young family, Bertrand set about declaring independence from the outdated echelle system and the negative pressure it places on growers. Inspired by friends Jérôme Prévost and Pierre Larmandier, he converted his vineyards to biodynamics and he received certification from Demeter in 1998 and released his first Champagne in 2001. Located in the Côte des Bar, Bertrand’s estate is named after two of his lieudits: Vouette & Sorbée. Unlike the vineyards in the north of Champagne with their fine chalky soils, the Côte des Bar is more like Chablis – dense, rocky, Kimmeridgian and Portlandian limestone clay soils. Historically Pinot Noir was the dominant variety in this region but Bertrand has been slowly expanding his plantings of Chardonnay. He farms about 5 hectares of vines divided among 6 lieux-dits with five of them located near his hometown of Buxières and one in the neighboring village of Ville-sur-Acre. If asked, Bertrand will say that he is a farmer first and foremost and in addition to vines he raises chickens and cattle and operates a nearly self-sustaining enclosed ecosystem.
Vouette & Sorbée Champagne Blanc d'Argile represents the best example of a pure Chardonnay, from a single vineyard and vinification with prolonged elevage in oak vats. Extremely limited production of 1,500 bottles