These three like-minded friends grow their vines following biodynamic principles and vinify without additives to perfectly express their vineyards' geological nuances. They are located in the Côte des Bar, the southern tip of Champagne in the Aube department, which takes its name from the villages Bar-sur-Seine and Bar-sur-Aube.
Bertrand Gautherot (Vouette & Sorbée) is a pioneer; he was the first to shine a light on the incredible potential of the Côte des Bars, emerging out of the shadow of their illustrious neighbours. His meticulous bio-dynamic viticulture, burgundy-like obsession with terroir brought him to make wines from single varietal, vineyard and no dosage.
Benoît Doussot started to assist Bertrand at Vouette & Sorbée few years ago, having previously worked for Jean-Philippe Fichet in Meursault. Bertrand himself commented that he has learned a lot about barrel ageing thanks to Benoît. They both started a joint venture in 2015 called Clandestin to make terroir-driven champagnes from specific geological strata in the Aube.
Bénédicte Ruppert and Emmanuel Leroy started off in 2010 and work on a micro scale high up in the hills of Essoyes. Their champagnes reflect specific terroirs and are made without addition of sulphur at any stage of the process. They are very pure, harmonious and as production is tiny it will be a real treat and amazing opportunity to drink through their range!
What are we pouring?
We are pouring some super rare Champagnes by the glass, you just pay for what you order. Prices ranging from £11-18. The Winemakers will be on hand to chat through the wines if you wish, answer any questions or just cheers a glass with! We will be serving alongside our normal a la carte menu.