The vines for this brilliant blanc de noir champagne are planted in the lieu-dit of Vouette, on a Kimmeridgian limestone slope facing due south. It offers a rich gold colour, typical of low yielding pinot noir and given a little time in the glass, served ideally at 12°C, it evolves constantly, revealing flavours layer after layer. This is the Champagne that turned me on to Champagne and made me realise just why this region is so special. Rich, prolonged and so elegant. WOW!
Notes on the producer
Bertrand Gautherot led the way in biodynamic farming in the Aube region, certified as far back as 1998. An inspiration to the younger generation of local growers, he crafts exceptionally textured, complex and terroir-driven champagnes.
Meticulous viticulture has been practised for more than two decades, yields are tiny, grapes are pressed by an old traditional wooden Coquard press, the wine isn’t pumped or fined and filtered, low SO2 is added at press only, ageing occurs in new to 8yo barrels, and all his champagnes benefit from a couple of years bottle age after being disgorged without dosage.