Pierre Gerbais

The Gerbais family has been growing vines in Celles-sur-Ource for eight generations, and making wine since 1930. After the Second World War, Pierre Gerbais began investing heavily in vineyard land: while he started with just 0.4 Hectares of vines, the domaine has grown to nearly 18 hectares today. His son Pascal is now at the helm of the estate, and since 2009, Pascal’s son Aurélien has been working together with the family as well. Responsible agriculture is at the heart of the Gerbais philosophy, and since 1996, the estate has been a member of Ampelos, an organization that controls and certifies sustainable viticulture. Ampelos allows no chemical fertilizers, herbicides or insecticides, and Gerbais grows cover crops where appropriate, ploughing the vineyards regularly as well. Gerbais owns both a traditional vertical press and a pneumatic one, and while it’s necessary to have multiple presses for an estate of this size, he notes that the characters of the two are different. “The extraction in the traditional press is more precise, since it takes a longer time,” he says. “It’s better for certain terroirs.” All of the wines are fermented in tank, “for precision, and to respect the terroir,” says Gerbais, although he has begun using some demi-muids (600 litre capacity Barrels) for ageing. All of the wines go through malolactic fermentation, and they are bottled without fining or filtration. Peter Liem – TheChampagneGuide.net

Vintage

Region

Price

Pierre Gerbais

Grains de Celles


Brut

Base 2012

Club Price $75.05 (?)

Pierre Gerbais

L'Osmose Vintage Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut


Vintage Blanc de Blancs

2012

Club Price $94.05 (?)

Pierre Gerbais

L'Audace


Blanc de Noirs

Club Price $94.05 (?)