Vouette & Sorbée - 2017 Fidele Blanc de Noirs

2017 Fidele Blanc de Noirs

Pinot Noir
Champagne, France

"Gautherot's first cuvée is Fidèle, a Blanc de Noirs (100% Pinot Noir) that comes from Kimmeridgian-limestone soils. This is mostly from a single vintage yet also includes roughly 5% reserve wine (from a perpetual blend started in 2001 and stored in a giant old foudre). This R15 was disgorged in October 2017. The Fonnet vineyard provides the "heart" of this cuvée and the nearby lieux-dit of Biaunes provides the balance. The vines for this wine average 30 years and Gautherot keeps the yields particularly low, (when Mother Nature has not already done that for him!). Following pressing in a traditional, vertical Coquard press, 'I like the delicacy and oxidation it brings', says Gautherot, Fidèle is vinified entirely – without added yeast or chapitalisation – in used Burgundian barrels for ten months. These barriques were purchased from Domaine Arnaud Ente in Meursault. The wine spends 15 months on lees and is disgorged with zero dosage. Gautherot describes this as, 'a dangerous wine,' as it is so damn easy to drink. Very true." – Importer notes