42 bottles only. Extrait takes its name from the French for extract, which is exactly what it is—a barrel’s worth of wine extracted from a single vintage. In fact, this is a blend drawn from the Domaine’s finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay barrels with the composition following the percentage of each variety harvested that year. So while it generally comes in around 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, the final blend depends on the harvest (for example, the 2005 was 70% Pinot Noir). Furthermore, the terroirs that supply this cuvée are not set in stone; Gautherot simply selects his favourite parcels by taste (although the Chardonnay almost always comes from Biaunes and the Pinot Noir often comes from the Portlandian Sorbée vineyard). The wine spends between nine and ten years on lees before being disgorged by hand.
2009 was a breakout year for Gautherot and Vouette et Sorbée, producing wines of such vinosity, freshness and presence that the vintage effectively made this producer’s name in the US market. It’s easy to see why that was the case in this small-lot, late disgorgement (May 2018). You can expect a wine of terrific depth and layers with the vibrancy of Champagne married with the flesh of ripe fruit and the nutty complexity that only long lees aging can bring.