2019 Vouette et Sorbée Blanc d'Argile Extra Brut, Champagne, France (750ml)

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The Blanc d'Argile from biodynamic grower Vouette et Sorbée located in Buxières-sur-Arce in the Côte des Bar is Champagne of power and class. Sourced from vineyards whose soils are closer in both geology and geography to Chablis than the Marne, this is a Blanc de Blancs which is in many ways evocative of what we love about Grand Cru Chablis.

Aromatically the Blanc d'Argile is quite reticent at first, but with time and air, the wine begins to reveal notes of yellow plum and golden apple evolving to show hints of honeysuckle and shortbread. In the mouth you experience the traditional Blanc de Blancs flavors of lemon rind, white grapefruit pith, and dried herbs. After an hour, the wine shows its character as a fleshy, chiseled Champagne of intensity and definition, displaying further flavors of preserved lemon, white button mushroom, and orange blossom honey, finishing with a light and silky mousse. This is a more deft and substantial style of Blanc de Blancs, perhaps better suited to meals or contemplative drinking.

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