Bérêche & Fils Brut Champagne Réserve NV

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, France
TCG 94
JG 92
WS 92
JS 92
12.0% ABV NEW ITEM
Item # 333729

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$54.95

750ml
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94 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): "(2015 base vintage; disgorged October 2017; 35% chardonnay, 30% pinot, 35% meunier; 35% reserves; half premier crus; average vine age 40+ years; fermented in barrels and small tanks; 10% tailles aged for 2 years before blending to reduce vegetal notes and austerity; aged on lees 24–36 months; 7g/L dosage). Bérêche admits that this is his most difficult wine to make, with an aspiration of richness, finesse, chalk minerality, creamy texture and a clean, bright finish. He is working on its refinement though focusing on the date of picking, increasing vinification in barrel, and aiming to age on lees as long as his special cuvées. The result is brilliantly characterful for the lead cuvée of the house, and to sustain such consistency and impeccable fruit integrity even with a majority of barrel fermentation is a feat few estates as small as this can pull off. The current release is more extroverted and flamboyant than ever, thanks to the ripe and expressive 2015 base vintage springing to life in a full straw hue with a salmon tint, overflowing into a palate brimming with orange rind, strawberry hull and layers of spice. It holds excellent persistence, fullness and presence, while lingering very long with well-focused malic acidity, underlined by the almond notes of at least two years lees age. A characterful and crafted wine of presence, poise and class that rises to the character and complexity of a powerful season, yet at every moment upholding seamless cohesion. (2020-2021)"

92 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "The new release of Brut Réserve from Raphaël and Vincent Bérêche is from the base year of 2018 and was disgorged in October of 2021 and finished with a dosage of six grams per liter. As is customary with this bottling, its cépages is one-third each of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier and a third of the cuvée is comprised from reserve wines. The wine is still youthful, but offers lovely depth in its nose of apple, pear, fresh-baked bread, a complex base of soil tones, dried flowers and a hint of buttery oak in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, bright and full-bodied, with fine depth at the core, good soil signature, elegant mousse and a long, complex and beautifully balanced finish. This is quite tasty in its youth, but this bottling has a history or aging splendidly and it would not be a crime to tuck a case away in the cellar for three to five years before starting to drink it in earnest. Fine juice. 2022-2045. (Nov/Dec 2021)"

92 points Wine Spectator: "Aromatic and well-spiced, with a lushly creamy mousse and juicy acidity layered with flavors of ripe nectarine, candied ginger and toasted almond. Minerally chalk and brine notes play on the lacy finish. Disgorged November 2019. Drink now through 2023. (12/15/20)"

92 points James Suckling: "Plenty of pastry and lees-derived chalkiness and fresh cream notes. The palate is very fleshy, expansive and accessible and yet it stays very pure, fine and focused. Great shape. Mostly pinot with 35 per cent of reserve wine. Drink now. (9/5/18)"
94 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): "(2015 base vintage; disgorged October 2017; 35% chardonnay, 30% pinot, 35% meunier; 35% reserves; half premier crus; average vine age 40+ years; fermented in barrels and small tanks; 10% tailles aged for 2 years before blending to reduce vegetal notes and austerity; aged on lees 24–36 months; 7g/L dosage). Bérêche admits that this is his most difficult wine to make, with an aspiration of richness, finesse, chalk minerality, creamy texture and a clean, bright finish. He is working on its refinement though focusing on the date of picking, increasing vinification in barrel, and aiming to age on lees as long as his special cuvées. The result is brilliantly characterful for the lead cuvée of the house, and to sustain such consistency and impeccable fruit integrity even with a majority of barrel fermentation is a feat few estates as small as this can pull off. The current release is more extroverted and flamboyant than ever, thanks to the ripe and expressive 2015 base vintage springing to life in a full straw hue with a salmon tint, overflowing into a palate brimming with orange rind, strawberry hull and layers of spice. It holds excellent persistence, fullness and presence, while lingering very long with well-focused malic acidity, underlined by the almond notes of at least two years lees age. A characterful and crafted wine of presence, poise and class that rises to the character and complexity of a powerful season, yet at every moment upholding seamless cohesion. (2020-2021)"

92 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "The new release of Brut Réserve from Raphaël and Vincent Bérêche is from the base year of 2018 and was disgorged in October of 2021 and finished with a dosage of six grams per liter. As is customary with this bottling, its cépages is one-third each of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier and a third of the cuvée is comprised from reserve wines. The wine is still youthful, but offers lovely depth in its nose of apple, pear, fresh-baked bread, a complex base of soil tones, dried flowers and a hint of buttery oak in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, bright and full-bodied, with fine depth at the core, good soil signature, elegant mousse and a long, complex and beautifully balanced finish. This is quite tasty in its youth, but this bottling has a history or aging splendidly and it would not be a crime to tuck a case away in the cellar for three to five years before starting to drink it in earnest. Fine juice. 2022-2045. (Nov/Dec 2021)"

92 points Wine Spectator: "Aromatic and well-spiced, with a lushly creamy mousse and juicy acidity layered with flavors of ripe nectarine, candied ginger and toasted almond. Minerally chalk and brine notes play on the lacy finish. Disgorged November 2019. Drink now through 2023. (12/15/20)"

92 points James Suckling: "Plenty of pastry and lees-derived chalkiness and fresh cream notes. The palate is very fleshy, expansive and accessible and yet it stays very pure, fine and focused. Great shape. Mostly pinot with 35 per cent of reserve wine. Drink now. (9/5/18)"
Product SKU 333729
Producer Bérêche & Fils
Country France
Region Champagne
SubRegion Vallée de la Marne
Varietal Other White Blends
Vintage NV
Size 750ml
Color White
Blend 35% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier
ABV 12.0%
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