One of the most beautiful and distinctive wines... - Vouette et Sorbée Blanc d'Argile (2011)

Posted by Joe Salamone

"One of the most beautiful and
distinctive wines in Champagne."
Vouette et Sorbée Blanc d'Argile Extra Brut (2011)

Vouette et Sorbée are some of the most heartfelt and singular Champagnes you'll taste.

Peter Liem calls them "uncompromisingly original." And if you had to sum up these utterly unique and endlessly fascinating Champagnes in only two words, this sums it up well.

Vouette et Sorbée is a shocking expression of Champagne. It's probably best to think of them as Burgundy by way of Champagne.

Blanc d'Argile comes from a single, low-yielding and slow to ripen, west-facing vineyard which sits on Kimmeridgian soil, (the same soil as Chablis). Similar to Chablis, Blanc d'Argile is dominated by an almost overwhelmingly pure and precise minerality. Galloni calls Blanc d'Argile "one of the most beautiful and distinctive wines in Champagne."

Like everything at Vouette et Sorbée, Blanc d'Argile is deep and saturating yet finely etched and emphatically mineral. Its bold, muscular minerality manifests itself in an intense textural dimension yet it remains agile and finessed. That's the genius of this wine.

Bertrand Gautherot is famous for having some of the most beautifully maintained vineyards. The tremendous amount of energy that he devotes to restricting yields and following biodynamic practices really pays off in tricky vintages like 2011.

At the urging of his friend, none other than Anselme Selosse, Gautherot stopped selling off his grapes, started bottling his own wines and, almost overnight, became a cult sensation. It's impossible to taste the wines and not have them leave a lasting impression.

We've been fans since the moment the wines hit our shores. We're not alone. We've watched the fan club grow greatly and of course, the quantities available decrease greatly.

To order, reply to or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits