Bereche de Fils Champagne NV
Known for elegance and finesse.
Grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier
Region: Champagne, France
Raphaël and Vincent Bérêche have been working with thier father, Jean-Pierre, since 2004 at their nine hecatre estate in Champagne. Most of the vineyards are in Ludes and Craon de Ludes, the gravelly terroir of Ormes in the Petite Montagne, and the area around Mareuil-le-Port, on the left bank of the Vallée de la Marne. A small parcel is also found in Trépail, in the eastern Montagne de Reims. The brothers grow roughly equal amounts of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. In 2012, they acquired their first Grand Cru vineyard, a tiny, 15-are parcel in the village of Mailly.
The latest release Brut Reserve is a clear expression of the entire Bérêche domaine; a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier sourced from their home village of Ludes on the chalky Montagne de Reims, the sandy soil of Ormes in the Petite Montagne de Reims, and from the clay-limestone soil of Mareuil le Port in the western Vallée de la Marne. The Brut Reserve, with 35% reserve wine, soars from the glass with aromas of citrus oil, green apple and a touch of brioche. The palate is medium-bodied with a great combination of savory notes and fresh fruit with a vibrant, mineral finish.