Guiborat Tethys.19 Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne
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Guiborat Tethys.19 Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne

Champagne, FRANCE
$140. 00
$1680.00 Dozen
ABV: 12.5%
Closure: Cork

Champagne Guiborat is based in the grand cru village of Cramant, right in the heart of the Cote de Blancs. Much of their vineyards are planted in the deep chalk soils of Cramant and Chouilly grand crus, along with a parcel in the Marne near Epernay where they have some Pinot Meunier. While they own 8 hectares of vineyards, three quarters of their production is sold off to Laurent-Perrier, keeping only the best parcels for their own label.

Tethys is named after the Greek goddess of water and nursing, and the ancient sea in the Mesozic era that covered what is now known as Champagne. This cuvee presents as the most approachable in their range, consisting of 100% Chardonnay mostly from younger vines planted in 2005 in the Chouilly vineyard of 'Les Caures', with further old vine parcels included from Le Mont Aigu (Chouilly), Les Bergieres (Cramant), and Les Briquettes (Oiry). Soils in each of these parcels are predominantly homogeneous chalk with the difference between each down to the thickness of the chalk and the depth of the topsoil. Each vineyard is vinified separately in stainless steel, before 7 months on lees before bottling, and a further 32 months ageing before being disgorged with an extremely low 2.5g/L dosage.

Other Reviews....
Based on the 2019 vintage, complemented by 37% reserve wines dating back to 2015, and disgorged in March 2022, the NV Extra-Brut Téthys . 19 offers up inviting aromas of peach and yellow apple mingled with nuances of hazelnuts, white flowers and freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and seamless, it's fine-boned, pure and layered, concluding with a saline finish. It's the usual blend of Chouilly, Cramant and Oiry. Drink 2023 - 2033.
93 points
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Dec 15, 2023)