Pierre Gerbais

Champagne, France

Producer Profile:

The Gerbais family has led the resurgence  of the Aube since 1930. With an 18-hectare estate lying on the slopes of the Ource Valley in the village of Celles-sur-Ource, the grapes benefit from a unique river valley microclimate. With 10 hectares of Pinot Noir, and 4 each of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc, the Domaine has met the stringent organic viticulture standards of AMPELOS since 1996.  

The young and supremely-skilled Aurélien Gerbais is now spearheading the winemaking. Embracing a terroir-driven philosophy, the vineyards undergo sélection parcellaire.  The grapes are harvested carefully by hand and crushed in a traditional Champagne press. After a brief period of débourbage at a controlled, cool 12° C., alcoholic fermentation is induced in stainless steel tank over select organic yeasts. The wine, also in tank, naturally passes through malolactic fermentation, and is then bottled unfined and unfiltered.

 COUNTRY
 France
 REGION
 Champagne (Aube)
 SUBREGION
 Celles-sur-Ource
 WINEMAKER
 Aurélian Gerbais
 FOUNDED
 1930
 VINEYARD AREA
 18 hectares
 FARMING
 Organic (certified)
 WEBSITE
 www.gerbais.com