Textures is Gautherot’s newest cuvee; a rare, 100% Pinot Blanc Champagne crafted from vines in the Fonnet vineyard (planted between 1995 and 2000). Gautherot describes it as his “easiest” wine, i.e. the one that is the easiest to drink young. There is more texture (hence the name), more fruit, and an easier-going refreshment than his Blanc d’Argile. There is ample intensity and a great deal of poise and interest on offer here as well—although, yes, it is certainly the least demanding and most gluggable Vouette wine. The grapes are fermented and raised in large Georgian amphora and used oak barrels before blending. They then spend roughly 18 months on lees in bottle. Future editions of this cuvée may well be aged entirely in the bulbous-shaped amphora (crafted by the last Georgian family specialising is this particular shape). These ‘jars’ afford Gautherot the kind of lees contact and minimal oxidation he is looking for. This is a unique, one-of-a-kind expression of the Côte des Bar. Today we offer our second, later disgorgement of the R15 and the October disgorgement of the new R16. Sadly, we only have 60 bottles of each.
“Disgorged in November 2016, the wine shows an intense straw-yellow-golden color and a beautifully deep and complex yet fine nose with ripe, concentrated white and yellow-fleshed fruit aromas. Pure, round, fine and very elegant on the palate, this is a juicy, perfectly balanced and beautifully vinous cuvée with a very fine mousse and subtle intensity. It is firm and stimulatingly salty on the complex finish, with ripe apple and lemon/lime flavors in the aftertaste. This is a gorgeous wine whose velvety texture makes it a great wine for itself. There is no aggression or tightness, just a delicate flow of white, fresh fruits with a dash of lime juice and some lip-smacking salinity. Tasted August 2018.” 93 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate #238