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Champagne AC Extra-Brut (2013), Blanc d’Argile (out of stock)
  • 320. Champagne AC Extra-Brut (2013), Blanc d’Argile (out of stock)

    Vouette et Sorbée, Bertrand Gautherot

    100% Chardonnay BdeB (12% alc.)

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    This comes from a tiny 17hh yield of chardonnay produced from a massale selection of cuttings from Anselme Selosse’s Avize vineyard and a famous Chablis grand cru. Made from the 2013 vintage, oak aged and disgorged without dosage in Dec 2015, it is richer and more complex than many blanc de blancs but at the same time has a tightly wound acidity, like a really good Chablis with bubbles. Very limited quantity. For drinking now to 2019.

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Winemaker
Bertrand Gautherot, Vouette et Sorbée
Location
Buxières sur Arce
Size of domaine
4 hectares
Grape
100% Chardonnay 5 years old in 2004. Massale selection from Anselme Selosse’s Avize grand cru vines and a grower on Chablis Valmur Grand Cru
Terroir
Kimmeridgian limestone and clay soil
Viticulture
Uses an ancient type of root stock (S04). Leaves grass to grow between rows and ploughs in the spring. Just 1 ‘baguette’ used on the vine compared to 3 in Vertus. Bio-dynamic viticulture. To avoid compaction of soils he uses only light caterpillar tractors - Manual harvest stretched over 3 weeks. Yields have averaged 17 hectos per hectare.
Vinification
Natural yeasts. Grapes slowly pressed in a traditional vertical ‘coquard’ press. Juice transferred into oak via gravity rather than being pumped. Alcohol + malo-lactic ferments in oak. Mix of fûts and 400 lt barrels. Buys barrels from Arnaud Ente in Meursault and also Marsannay 400 ltr barrels. Oldest are 8 yrs. Bottled off in Aug) and given 15 months sur latte. Disgorged with zero dosage in Dec/Jan.
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