VOUETTE & SORBEE Champagne "Saignee de Sorbee" 2011
Wine Region: Champagne - France
Grape: Pinot Noir
Tasting notes: The nose opens on intense and complex hibiscus, strawberry, brioche and white pepper. Great structure on the palate fresh and mineral, spread with balance and harmony. Final persistent and intense.
About the winery: Located in the Cote des Bar, Bertrand's estate is named after two of his lieu-dits: Vouette & Sorbee. Unlike the vineyards in the north of Champagne with their fine chalky soils, the Cote des Bar is more like Chablis - dense, rocky, Kimmerdidgian and Portlandian limestone clay soils. Historically, Pinot Noir was the dominant variety in this region, but Bertrand has been slowly expanding Chardonnay's plantings. He farms about 5 hectares of vines divided among six lieux-dits with five of them located near his hometown, Buxieres and one in the neighbouring 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.