Champagne Vouette et Sorbee - Extrait 2010
Grapes: Pinot Noir / Chardonnay
Base 2010, disgorged 17 Jan, 2019.
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 eight and nine years on lees before being disgorged by hand.
The 2010 is arguably the finest example of this wine we have shipped: intense, nutty, bees wax and nectarine aromas and flavours, a driven, saline palate, and long, vibrant close. A super wine that, like all Vouette et Sorbée cuvées, really comes into its own at the table with food.