The Côte des Bar has become the epicenter to some of the most exciting modern Champagne producers as of late. It’s a region whose most notable winemakers are driven more so by philosophy rather than tradition. Encompassing this energy is the 20-something Aurélien Gerbais, who heads this fourth generation domaine in the Aube. The winery and its vineyards are all located in the Celles sur Ource. Due to its Kimmeridgian soils and geological nature, the Aube is more Burgundian than it is Champenois, as echoed by Gerbais, who also considers himself more Burgundian than Champenois. Terroir leads the way, both in the vineyards, in the cellar, and ultimately in the bottle. This brilliant ‘L’Originale’ is sourced from over 80 year old Pinot Blanc vines. The aromatics are irresistible, fruity notes of spiced pears, and dried apricots harmoniously interact with secondary notes of wet stones and jasmine. The acidity is racy, with compact energetic bubbles bouncing off a mineral-rich, plush texture before it evolves towards a chalky, nearly bone-dry finish with hints of salinity. The vinous quality of this Champagne alone is enough to beg Gerbais to make a still white wine from this site and is further evidence of the Burgundian spirit that lives beneath the surface.
Côte des Bar
Full malolactic fermentation and aging on the lees in stainless steel tanks. Aged 36 months sur lattes with organic yeast. Extra-brut dosage of 3-4 g/L.