Bertrand Gautherot of Vouette & Sorbée showing the Qvevri in which his 100% Pinot Blanc cuvée Texture is fermented and aged

Côte des Bars tasting with Vouette & Sorbée, Clandestin, and Ruppert-Leroy


Wednesday, 6 June 2018


11am - 5pm


The Remedy, 124 Cleveland Street, London W1T 6PG


Thursday, 7 June 2018


6pm - late


Sager + Wilde, 250 Paradise Row, London E2 9LE

Bertrand Gautherot (Vouette & Sorbée), Benoît Doussot (Clandestin), and Emmanuel Leroy (Ruppert-Leroy) are coming! This is a unique occasion to meet them during one of their rare trips outside of France.

These three like-minded friends grow their vines following biodynamic principles and vinify without additives to perfectly express their vineyards' geological nuances. They are located in the Côte des Bar, the southern tip of Champagne in the Aube department, which takes its name from the villages Bar-sur-Seine and Bar-sur-Aube. This amazing terroir is geographically closer to Chablis than Reims (or even Avize) and geologically shares the same famous Kimmeridgian limestone slopes!

Bertrand Gautherot (Vouette & Sorbée) is a pioneer; he was the first to shine a light on the incredible potential of the Côte des Bars, emerging out of the shadow of their illustrious neighbours. His meticulous biodynamic viticulture, allied to a burgundy-like obsession with terroir, brought him to adopt a single varietal - single parcel approach, eshewing the use of both reserve wines and dosage to make wines that speak of their origin. His singular approach was instrumental in highlighting the raw vinous quality of the wines of the area and set an example that others would follow.

Benoit Doussot showing Les Grandes Lignes, Clandestin's pure chardonnay
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Bénédicte Ruppert and Emmanuel Leroy spraying their vineyards

Benoît Doussot (Clandestin) started to assist Bertrand at Vouette & Sorbée a few years ago, having previously worked for Jean-Philippe Fichet in Meursault. Bertrand himself commented that he has learned a lot about barrel ageing thanks to Benoît, and you can certainly taste an extra level of finesse in recent wines. They both started a joint venture in 2015 called Clandestin to make terroir-driven champagnes from specific geological strata in the Aube. Production is very limited and a lot more will be heard about this exciting project.

Bénédicte Ruppert and Emmanuel Leroy (Ruppert-Leroy) started off in 2010 and work on a microscale high up in the hills of Essoyes. Their champagnes reflect specific terroirs and are made without addition of sulphur at any stage of the process. They are very pure, harmonious and as production is tiny it will be a real treat and amazing opportunity to taste (or drink) through their range!

Wednesday 6th June 2018, 11am – 5pm
Trade tasting at The Remedy, 124 Cleveland Street, London W1T 6PG
To register please email

Thursday 7th June 2018, from 6pm
Event at Sager + Wilde, 250 Paradise Row, London E2 9LE
Please call the restaurant directly for bookings:
Sager + Wilde