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ELISABETH GOUTORBE

Elisabeth Goutorbe started off making wine in the cellars of the Henri Goutorbe facility in Ay, before eventually moving over to her own label of entirely estate grown, mostly Grand Cru level fruit. Most of her vineyards are in the village of Ay, but she does grow a small bit of Premier Cru fruit in Mardeuil as well. She uses only stainless steel tanks for fermentation and the wines are pinot noir dominated with the ripeness one would expect from the varietal. That being said, Ay is also one of the chalkiest terroirs for pinot noir in the entire Champagne region, so the Elisabeth Goutorbe wines have the power and ripeness one would expect, but also a lively and refreshing acidity with a lovely mineral note intermingled.

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