Gautherot’s rarest wine debuted in 2005 and is made only in Vouette’s finest vintages. Sobre is Bertrand’s experiment in making a pure, late-disgorged Chardonnay. Off the record, this wine is made with no liqueur de tirage additions, meaning the wine sees no yeast or sugar additions at all. It is also crafted without the use of sulphur. Whether Gautherot is using the méthode ancestrale or the wines are made by adding fresh must as the liqueur de tirage remains unknown. Perhaps we have said too much already and should ask for your discretion!
What we can say is that in great years for this Estate, of which 2010 was one, Gautherot pieces together a single barrel of his finest Chardonnay for extended lees aging. Following 102 months sur lattes, this was disgorged by hand in January 2019. Naturally, because of the methodology and the length of aging on lees you can expect something far more complex, fascinating and delicious! - Importer Note
An increased focus on the environment and an awareness of sustainable agriculture have given rise to a huge increase in organic viticulture. This is an exciting area of growth in the world of wine, and if done right, one that leads to better wines, healthier vines and soils, and less stress on the earth.
But what makes a wine organic?
Organic wine refers to a method of farming, rather than winemaking. It all starts in the vineyard, where vignerons and viticulturalists no longer use synthetic or systemic pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers. Instead they opt for organic compounds such as copper and sulfur, which can help reduce he pressure of disease and pests. This results in much better vine and soil health, with no unwanted chemicals leeching into local rivers and waterways through run-off.
Organic farming is not to be confused with Biodynamic farming which, although similar, is a different approach and requires many more specific practices. These practices such as specific soil preparations, and lunar-cycle harvesting are not necessary to achieve an organic system.
It is important to note that organic wines can still have sulphur dioxide added to them. Sulphur is an organic compound, and therefore winemakers are free to add it to their wines, and still achieve organic certification. Winemakers will often add sulphur to help stabilise the wine and protect it from oxygen come bottling time. The wine will still be completely organic, assuming the proper farming practices have been adhered to.
|Product Type||Wine Sparkling Champagne|
|Winemaking Practices||Minimal Intervention|