The Gaucher family are a proprietors and récoltant-manipulant producers based in the villages of Arconville and Urvill in the Côte des Bar (in the department of Aube). They have been cultivating Pinot Noir, which is particularly well-suited to the terroir here, and Chardonnay for five generations. The domain does not augment its harvests and produces wines solely from its own vines. This is a very fine Grower Champagne in the Aube region.
About the cuvée
The domain's Brut is created mainly from Pinot Noir, supplemented by 10% Chardonnay. The bouquet combines aromas of fresh almond, white flowers and buttery notes. The palate is dominated by refinement; the substance is ethereal, clean, fresh and delicate.
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