Overview of the Wine
Raphaël Bérêche has been working with his father Jean-Pierre since 2004 at their nine hecatre estate with most vineyards in Ludes and Craon de Ludes, but also other villages in the Montagne de Reims in addition to the Vallée de la Marne. The vineyards are all planted with cover crops and since 2007 have been converted to biodynamics. The wines are vinified mostly with natural yeasts, with about 75% of the wines fermented in barrel. There is no malolactic fermentation in any of the wines, and an increasing portion of the secondary fermentation is done under cork.
The Bérêche wines are firm in strucutre with ample body and firm mineral driven acidity. The Brut Réserve is equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier. The wine displays lots of stone fruit, orange citrus and a strong stony minerality. Elegant, powerful and balanced, this is a stunning Champagne.
Grape / Blend
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Montagne de Reims, Champagne, France
#79 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2015
92 Points -Wine Spectator
Racy acidity firms up this rich Champagne, with a honeyed overtone to the well-spiced palate of grilled nut, poached pear, lemon parfait and ripe raspberry. Lacy in texture, with a smoke-tinged finish. Disgorged January 2015. Drink now through 2020.
92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The latest release of the NV Brut Réserve was disgorged in October 2019 with seven grams per liter dosage, and it's based on the 2017 vintage. Exhibiting a glass bouquet of citrus oil, oyster shell, fresh peach and toasted nuts, it's medium to full-bodied, racy and tensile, with lovely depth and concentration, fine energy and a long, penetrating finish.
Product size: 750ml