Bertrand Gautherot has been an ardent, long-time advocate of biodynamics, with a philosophy of “no chemicals, nothing synthetic, only life”. His approach in the cellars extends his fastidious and uncompromising work in the vines through minimal inputs and natural fermentation, allowing them to shine through with an absolute purity to them. Based in the Côte des Bar which is predominantly planted to Pinot Noir, the Chardonnay is primarily sourced from a vineyard called Biaunes for the Blanc d’Argile. It sees time in oak before going to bottle, with a hands-off winemaking approach so as not to mask or adulterate the fruit. The wine speaks clearly of its location, being geographically much closer to Chablis than the commonly mentioned villages of Champagne, grown on soils of Kimmeridgian clay famously found in the great sites of Chablis. Pure laser-like focus with a touch of a lightly grilled nuttiness exemplify the amazing potential for quality that the region holds.