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Champagne Bérêche et Fils Brut Reserve
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Champagne Bérêche et Fils Brut Reserve NV

Champagne, FranceThe domain was established in 1847, but it wasn't until more recently when Jean-Pierre Bérêche was one of the first growers to establish an independent reputation. His sons Raphaël and Vincent, now overseeing the house, have built on that work to craft some of today’s most distinctive Champagnes. They own 9 hectares across 4 villages and various terroirs. This organic wine is 30 percent Chardonnay (from Ludes), 35 percent Pinot Noir (from Ormes), and 35 percent Pinot Meunier (from Vallée de la Marne), including 30 percent of wines from perpetual blending system, aged on lees for two years before bottling. The base wines were aged in 60% wood (40% of which were small vats). There is no MLF here, and the wines were held under cork while in bottle. This, their flagship, is focussed and stately, with bright lemon and green apple acidity brightening a hazelnut brioche of creamy lees. Firm citrus and spiced stone structures the whole. Impressive.Tasted: 23 November 2020Tasted by: Prices: BC 70.00 private wine shops Producer: Champagne Bérèche et FilsDistributors: International Cellars Inc.
Blend: Pinot Noir - Chardonnay - Pinot MeunierCSPC: 66456