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Vouette & Sorbée Blanc d'Argile Extra Brut
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15¾/20

Vouette & Sorbée Blanc d'Argile Extra Brut NV

Champagne, FranceThe Demeter-certified Vouette & Sorbée has made an impact in a very short amount of time. The Aube-based grower house has only been releasing their own wines since 2001; Founder Bertrand Gautherot used to sell grapes to other producers, including Anselme Selosse. He farms 5 ha of Kimmeridgian marls and Portlandia limestones in the village of Buxières-sur-Arce. This is near as natural as Champagne gets, native fermented, sulphur-free until bottling, no dosage... The wines aren't vintage dated since they only spend 20 months on the lees (vs the minimum 36 months required by the AOC for vintage declaration), though he lists the base wine year and disgorgement date on the label. My bottle of chardonnay was based on 2010, and disgorged December 2012. Earthy, meadow grass, cider apples are gripped with grapefruit pithiness and a swing of orange balsamic. Acidity is racy, pulsing this forward to a buzzy finish. Sharp, raw and real. If you're looking for an earthy, natural Champagne, here you go. Bottle variation is a big thing with this producer, and this one wasn't shining.Tasted: 05 December 2018Tasted by: Prices: BC 115.00 private wine shops Producer: Vouette & SorbéeDistributors: Sedimentary Wines
Varietal: ChardonnayCSPC: 486514