This entry-level cuvee from Rafael Bereche, one of Champagne's most highly regarded grower-producers is made of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. It's a well-balanced wine with finesse, fine bubbles, minerality, toasty notes, and citrus aromas.
The Bereche family has been in the Champagne business since the mid-19th century, and like many families who own land in the region, sold grapes to the large houses for many years. It's only been in recent decades that the family has focused solely on its own production of wine from their 9.5 hectares in the Montagne de Reims. Sons Raphael and Vincent, who joined the family business in the 2000s, have pushed the direction of the estate toward more natural methods: no herbicides or treatments in the vineyard unless absolutely necessary, and in the cellar, primary fermention is spontaneous. This cuvée is a third each of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. It has great energy and depth, and is on the dry end for a Brut without being austere.
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