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BERECHE BRUT RESERVE
Item: #325548
Bottle Size: 750ML
WS: 92
$37.98
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BERECHE BRUT RESERVE

WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "Firm and sleek, with crisp acidity structuring flavors of Gala apple, raisin bread, quince paste and almond cream. Well-knit, with a fine bead and fresh finish. Disgorged September 2011. Drink now through 2017."

A blend of equal parts Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay that is fermented with native yeasts and no malo-lactic fermentation. The Chardonnay seems to stand out now as this Champagne proffers vibrant notes of honey, apple sauce, and ginger.It is great to see that in Champagne, as elsewhere, a new generation of environmentally aware and quality conscious producers is emerging. For example, in the Montange de Reims village of Craon de Ludes, 28 yearold Raphael Bereche has been working alongside his father cultivating the family’s 20 acres of vines since 2004. Not coincidentally, 2004 was the year this tiny firm quit using chemical herbicides. In 2007 the slow process of converting the Bereche vineyards to biodynamicviticulture was begun. To better express their Montagne de Reims terroir all of the Bereche Champagnes are fermented with indigenous yeast and are never filtered. This seamless Brut is mainly (70%) from the 2005 vintage with the balance being reserve wine wines from 2002 through 2004. Roughly equal parts Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay; this is rich, authoritative bubbly with well-melded notes of quince, apples and orange zest. Malolactic fermentation was avoided giving this Brut a raciness that draws out its dry, mineral-laden finish. It is certainly a joy to find such a distinctive, well-made artisanChampagne priced this low.
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