Robert Barbichon is one of a handful of the new breed of biodynamic producers who appears to have got it. With 9 hectares of vines in Gye sur Seine, Courteron and Celles sur Ource he produces wines of exceptional clarity, structure and intensity.
Run by Thomas all 9 hectares are biodynamic of which 40 ares are Pinot Blanc. 2.63 hectares are sold off to A. Bonnet in Les Riceys. All his Cuvees are vintage except ‘Reserve 4 Cepage’.
Extra Brut, a zero dosage wine, is the perfect wine to show this seriousness. 100% Chardonnay, it is bracing yet with superb structure and a bold palate.
His Blanc de Blancs Brut has surprise addition of Pinot Blanc (10%) and 4g/ltr of sugar to produce an even more powerful wine with beautiful acidity and salinity. There is even a touch of the exotic in it’s fruit.
The Reserve 4 Cepages is a Pinot Noir heavy (70%) bland with Chardonnay, Meunier and Pinot Blanc. There is a noticeable lift in red fruit and more opulence and generosity on the palate which it delivers beautifully alongside a delicate bitter note.
Layers of aromatics are delivered in the Blanc de Noirs. There is a lovely weight of fruit too but nowhere as near to the level of power as the Blanc de Blancs.
His Rose de Saignee undergoes 48 hours of maceration to produce a succulent palate full of blackberry, damson and grenadine. There is a touch of strawberry and spice and a faint earthy note. A single parcel wine from Gye sur Seine that shows you just how serious a producer he is.
Keep an eye on this man. He is doing some impressive things..
Village: Gye Sur Seine
Region: La Cote des Bar
Contact: Thomas Barbichon
Cuvée De Prestige:
Style: Powerful, intense, saline.
Terroir: Gye sur Seine, Courteron, Celles sur Ource
Vinification: Oak and steel.
Viticulture: Biodynamic since 2012. Ploughs every second row.
Recent Tasting Notes from Robert Barbichon