Bereche Et Fils

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One of Champagne’s rising stars, the 26 year-old Raphaël Bérèche  has been working alongside his father Jean-Pierre at their nine-hectare estate of Bérèche et Fils since 2004, and today he is putting an increasingly personal stamp on this artisanaly run domain.  

The Bérèche estate owns vines in three different sectors of Champagne: the area around Ludes and Craon de Ludes; the eastern Montagne de Reims, around Trépail; and Mareuil-le-Port, on the left bank of the Vallée de la Marne. The vineyards are planted with roughly equal parts of the three varieties, and increasing attention is being paid to natural viticulture—Bérèche completely stopped using chemical herbicides in 2004 and has planted cover crops in all of the vineyards, and since 2007 a portion of the vineyard is being converted to biodynamics. 

Vinification tends towards the traditional: parcels are vinified separately, with natural yeasts used for smaller tanks and selected yeasts for larger ones. The malolactic is systematically avoided, and the wines are bottled around May, without filtration and with only a natural cold-settling, achieved by opening all of the cellar’s windows and waiting for three days. Disgorging is still done all by hand. 

Recently the Bérèches have begun to work more with cork for the second fermentation, believing that it results in a wine of more character and complexity. Today, their  cuvée, the Reflet d’Antan, is bottled with cork for the second fermentation, as are the new cuvées of Instant and Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche.

Bereche Brut Reserve NV


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The range begins with the Brut Réserve, a non-vintage brut that usually contains about 25 percent chardonnay, 25 percent meunier and 20 percent pinot noir from the base vintage (2008), along with 30 percent of reserve wines, also from the three varieties. 

Peter Liem, champagne guru says “This cuvee is quickly becoming one of my favorite non vintage bruts in Champagne, and the version based on 2008 is the finest I’ve ever tasted from the estate.” 

"The NV Brut Réserve is fabulous. Rich, open and expressive, the Réserve graces the palate with lovely depth and resonance. Dried pear, spice, smoke, anise and brioche open up gradually in the glass, but it is really the radiance of the 2012 base vintage that comes through loud and clear. Today, the Brut Réserve is flat out delicious. Disgorged October 2014." Dosage is 7 grams/liter.

  • Color Sparkling
  • Reviewer Name Antonio Galloni
  • Reviewer Score 92
  • Case Size 6
  • Bottle Size 750 ml