NV Champagne Pierre Gerbais Grains De Celles

NV Champagne Pierre Gerbais Grains De Celles

1 in stock

$149.00

1 in stock 2.66 kg .

Description

Aurélien Gerbais, 8th generation grower and 4th generation winemaker of
Champagne Pierre Gerbais, spearheads the small, artisanal Domaine located in
the village of Celles-sur-Ource in the Côte des Bar. Being the
southernmost vignoble of the four main growing regions of the Champagne AOC,
the Côte des Bar is distinct to the north of Champagne in both history and terroir,
and therefore grape varietals and taste profile. Here, the soil is clay and limestone
in contrast to northern Champagne which has chalky soils. In the river valley
village of Celles-sur-Ource in particular, Pinot blanc (one of the four ‘rare’ grape
varieties of Champagne AOC) is cultivated due to its resistance to humidity and
spring frosts, and it is the precise and masterful expression of this heirloom variety
that places Champagne Pierre Gerbais at the forefront of this exciting region.
The House holds a total of 20 plots across 17.5ha, composed of 50% Pinot noir,
25% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot blanc, the latter being the highest proportion of
any Estate cultivating this variety. The family also holds the oldest Pinot blanc
vines of the region, on a plot called Les Proies. L’Originale, the most famous
cuvée of the House, comprises entirely of these centenarian vines—the varietal
composition of which was unprecedented for its time and cleverly reflected in the
title.
Aurélien, grandson of the eponymous Pierre Gerbais, continues to uphold his
forefathers’ revolutionary vision of innovation and excellence while making his own
indelible mark on the Domaine since joining in 2009. Following from his father’s
conversion to organic cultivation in 1996, Aurélien focuses on precise, sustainable
and qualitative winemaking to reflect the unique terroir. Half of the House’s cuvées
are made without sulphites, a fine example of which is L’Audace—a Blanc de
Noirs composed of entirely Pinot noir and one of the first cuvées to be made
without sulfites in Champagne AOC

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