N/V Réserve Brut, Bérêche et Fils

35% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir,35% Chardonnay. The family team own 11 hectares, most of which are in the village of Ludes on the Montagne de Reims. They block malolactic fermentation so the wines have a tensile, chalky line running through them. The extended oak ageing they practice adds depth and power to the wines. 35% reserve wine from the previous two vintages and a dosage of 7g/l. This is an exemplary blend, and no wonder Antonio Gallonie said in his 2019 review: "I often find myself reaching for the [Bérêche] NV Brut Réserve, which is reliably one of the very finest Champagnes in its peer group."

Critic score
93/100
Pricing
Bottle
In stock
£45.43
Case, 6 Bottles
In stock
£272.58

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Champagne, France
  • Grape
    35% Chardonnay
    35% Pinot Meunier
    30% Pinot Noir
  • Maturity
    Drink to 2031
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Sparkling
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    12%
N/V Réserve Brut, Bérêche et Fils

TASTING NOTES

The NV Brut Réserve (2016 base, disgorged December 2018) is especially finessed on this release, with a bit more floral lift from the Chardonnay than is often the case, and also slightly higher dosage, all of which works very well. Lemon confit, white flowers and mint add to the wine’s decidedly bright profile. This is a fabulous edition of the Brut Réserve. Dosage is 7 grams per liter. Disgorged: December, 2018.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (July 2019)
93/100