- A talented young 4th generation grower from the Côte des Bar
- Discover one of champagne's forgotten varieties - Pinot blanc
- Pair with Prawn Thai Green Curry - Mild and not spicy
A champagne made of pure pinot blanc is rare enough, but a pinot blanc champagne made from old vines is almost unheard of. Gerbais’s L’Originale comes from two pinot blanc parcels in Celles-sur-Ource—one 60 years old and the other 80 years old—both of which face south.
Despite this, the notable characteristic here is not ripeness, but structure: the fragrant notes of kiwi, calamansi, green pear and lime are rich in texture but surprisingly delicate in body, and they’re pinned down by fresh, lively acidity, energizing and elongating the aromas on the palate.
It’s a subtle, complex wine, veering towards exotic fruit yet also hinting at sweet herbs and spice, and it continues to gain detail and expression as it opens up in the glass. Truly a wine that lives up to its name. Peter Liem.