Vouette & Sorbée - 2015 Saignee de Sorbee

2015 Saignee de Sorbee

Variety
Champagne, France
Region
Pinot Noir
Abv
12%
Volume
750ml

"Saignée de Sorbée is a thrilling, idiosyncratic, sappy, stemmy, peppery rosé that can be thought of as a delicious light red as much as a rosé Champagne. The Sorbée plot is a little plateau above the slope where Vouette sits, and is almost pure Portlandian limestone, something very rare in Champagne. The site is almost flat, with a slight exposition towards the southwest. Gautherot harvests here in multiple passes, with only the smallest bunches and ripest fruit making it into his Saignée. Sorbée is the vineyard that gives Bertrand the least amount of stress. The vines here are between 28 and 45 years old and were always cultivated, since at least the 1860s, with no herbicides ever used. Gautherot feels that this made it easier to transition this site to his biodynamic practices. This bottling comes entirely from the 2015 vintage. Uncrushed whole grapes were macerated for six days in an open wooden vat before pressing. Vinified entirely without sulphur, the wine was then aged for ten months in neutral oak barrels and was disgorged without dosage in September. It's a deep yet fine, light-bodied sparkling red. The notes below sum it up well. All in all, it's an endlessly fascinating wine that is even better with food." – Importer notes