Base 2018. Disgorged July 2020. The current release Bereche Brut Réserve is based on the 2018 vintage (65%) with the balance reserve wines from the two previous vintages. The blend is split between 35% Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims (specifically Ludes, Trépail and Ormes); 30% Chardonnay from Montagne de Reims and Vallée de la Marne; and 35% Pinot Meunier from Mareuil-le-Port in Vallée de la Marne. The vines average 30 years in age.
Hand-harvested, natural yeast fermentation in barrel, 24-36 months sur lattes in the Bérêche cellar, and disgorgement by hand with 7g/L dosage. This is the kind of technical detail you would expect of only the finest prestige cuvées, and it shows in the quality of the wine.
The new release bursts out of the glass with exuberant notes of pink grapefruit, fuji apple and orange rind, giving way to an expansive, zesty and pithy mouthfeel with a core of fleshy fruit and a twist of salinity on the tangy, energetic close. It is emotively rich in texture, yet at the same time it is insanely mouthwatering. This release also feels a little lower in pressure (than last year’s base), which works beautifully at the table and suits the racy nature of the wine. Simply, it’s one of the most compelling introductions to grower Champagne on the market.