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Clandestin is a joint project by Bertrand Gautherot from Vouette & Sorbée and Benoit Dousset, which originally comes from Burgundy. The aim of this inspiring partnership is to produce a terroir champagne from the Aube, the origin of which was previously undiscovered. The word "clandestin" can be translated as "hidden" or "secret".
A prerequisite for the uncompromising, clear alignment of your work is the quality of the grapes and their origin. The grapes used only come from purely organic and biodynamic vineyards and are subject to the same high standards for which Vouette & Sorbée is known.
The vines must be at least 20 years old and the exposure to the sun must be the same. Due to the unconditional quality claim, only ripe and perfect grapes of the highest quality are processed, which is why a dosage is not necessary and would change the character.
The vineyards are located above Buxières and are planted with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines. South, east and southeast are usually preferred due to the greater sun exposure, but this is what is special about Clandestin, where the wines are produced exclusively from the cooler, west-facing vineyards.
In the cellar, the harvested grapes are processed with the utmost respect and, thanks to the use of gravity, pumps can be dispensed with. The careful and gentle pressing is carried out just as meticulously as the decision which grapes go into which barrel. Depending on the quantity and maturity, each parcel is vinified separately. Only natural yeasts are used for the first fermentation. The wines are stored in neutral French oak barrels (300 l and 500 l). The bottling after 15 months of storage on the yeast takes place without filtration and there is no addition of a dosage.
Facts: N.M., Buxières-sur-Arce, Côte des Bar (Aube)
Bio-Kontrollstelle-Nr.: DE-ÖKO-037 - Nr of Certification: 5c0694e8c568e