Base '15, Disgorged 27 September 219
Region: Cote des Bar - Champagne, FRA
Variety: Pinot Noir
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 is a delicious, delicate, fresh, overly charming and mouth-conquering Burgundy transformed to a very fine Champagne. Very fine wild strawberries along with raspberry, redcurrant and cherry flavours tackle the tongue and memories. - Notes from the importer, Bibendum