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Champagne, Montagne de Reims

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  • 293. Champagne AC NV Brut, Réserve

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    Bérèche & Fils

    35% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir (12% alc.)

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    Based on the 2014 vintage and with 20% initial ageing in barrels, this champagne, which reflects all the terroirs of the domaine, has 30% reserve wine from the previous two vintages and a dosage of 7g/l. It has superb balance, ripe, clear-cut fruit, good texture and vinosity, with a touch of saline minerality. A style that Jancis Robinson finds ‘as perfumed as Riesling, no higher praise.’ For drinking now to 2019.

  • 294. Champagne AC Extra-Brut (2012), Rive Gauche

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    Bérèche & Fils

    100% Pinot Meunier (12% alc.)

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    Only 1800 bottles of this single vineyard (les Misy) champagne are made from low yielding 45 year old vines planted in marl-limestone soil on a north facing slop in Mareuil–le-Port. Vinified in 350 and 600 ltr barrels and aged for 3 years in bottle under cork, it already shows a subtle complexity, with soil driven depths of aroma and citrusy acidity, buttressing the rich flavours of orchard and stone fruit. Dosage 3g/l. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 295. Champagne Rosé AC Extra-Brut, Campania Remensis

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    Bérèche & Fils

    60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier (12% alc.)

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    Raphaël made this exceptional quality rosé from old vines in the village of Ormes. It comes entirely from the 2012 vintage, and its delicate colour comes from the addition of 5% still Coteaux Champenois pinot noir. It was then aged under cork for 2.5 years and disgorged in March last year with a dosage of 3g/l. It is fragrant and floral with succulent aromas of strawberry, raspberry and pomegranate, similar incisive flavours with a fresh, vital cut and saline minerality. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 296. Champagne Ludes 1er Cru AC 2008 Extra-Brut Le Cran (sold out)

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    Bérèche & Fils

    60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir (12% alc.)

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    Raphaël made this champagne from two of the finest mid-slope parcels in Ludes, Cran and St Jean that were planted in 1969, one facing east and the other west. The soil is very chalky in both parcels here, and the grapes ripen fully but retain a naturally high acidity that is perfect for long ageing. Aged in recent 350ltr barrels and then given seven years bottle age under cork, it was disgorged in November 2015 with 3g/l dosage. It offers brioche, ripe citrus and honey notes with a depth and power behind that are quite out of the ordinary. In common with other Bérèche champagnes there is also a most attractive marrowy, protein note, a little touch of gras that acts as a beautiful counterpoint to the salinity and gentle bitters on the finish. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 297. Champagne AC NV Brut, Reflet d’Antan

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    33% Chardonnay, 34% Pinot Noir, 33% Pinot Meunier (12.5% alc.)

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    This is a very specialist champagne designed to show how complex reserve wines can become with age. Fermented in cuve and fûts, in May 2011 the 2010 wine was introduced to a solera system (500 and 600ltr barrels) that was started in 1985. A year later two thirds was bottled off (then aged under cork for 3 yrs) leaving the balance to blend with the next wines into the solera. There is a crossover with wine from Jura here, the champagne offers incredible complexity, dried fruits, almonds, honey, and minerality. Disgorged in May 2015 with a 6g/l dosage. Very limited quantity. 94 points Robert Parker. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 298. Côteaux Champenois AC 2013 Ormes, les Montées

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    Bérèche & Fils

    90% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier (12% alc.)

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    Raphaël made just 880bts of this extraordinarily good still red from 50yo vines planted in limestone and sand in the warm lieu-dit les Montées. Made from 80% whole bunches and aged for 17 months in one year old barrels from DRC, it is very delicately extracted with  mulberry, blueberry and black cherry fruit with an energetic tension, fabulous texture and tannic grain. For drinking now to 2023.

  • 299. Champagne 1er Cru AC 2006 Extra-Brut, Montagne

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    Raphaël & Vincent Bérèche, Crus Sélectionnés

    75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay (12.5% alc.)

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    This champagne comes from a blend of pinot noir from Mailly Grand Cru and chardonnay from Verzy Grand Cru. The original wine was aged 50% in cuve, 50% in oak, and then disgorged by Raphaël in December 2014 with a 3g/l dosage. This champagne has a very good structure, it’s rich, but at the same time retains a good energy. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 300. Champagne Avize Grand Cru AC 2005 Extra-Brut, Côte

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    Raphaël & Vincent Bérèche, Crus Sélectionnés

    100% Chardonnay BdeB (12% alc.)

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    From the superb 2005 vintage, this champagne was produced from prime mid-slope old vines in Avize, was initially cuve aged for eight months, and then given 10.5 years (!!) of bottle age before disgorging by Raphaël with 4g/l dosage last December. Restrained and elegant on the nose with floral hints, it has a silky fruit, with notes of fresh hazelnuts, is very pure and long on the finish. Excellent vfm for a wine of this pedigree. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 301. Champagne Grand Cru AC NV Brut Nature

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    Benoît Lahaye

    90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay (12% alc.)

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    This comes from grand cru rated 30 year old vines in Bouzy and Ambonnay and replaces the Brut Essentiel which Benoit no longer makes. Made 55% from 2013 and reserve wines from 2012 and earlier it was initially aged in two to five year-old barrels. It was then given two and a half years on the lees before it was disgorged in Dec 2016. Very expressive red fruits on the nose, and on the palate a superb depth of rich, quite complex, spicy red fruits, at the same time fresh and balanced with attractive bitters on the finish. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 302. Champagne Grand Cru AC Brut, Blanc de Noirs

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    Benoît Lahaye

    100% Pinot Noir (12% alc.)

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    This comes from the 2012 vintage and grand cru rated 22 year old vines in Bouzy (80% from the sector of Mont de Tauxières) and Ambonnay where chalk is more present than the cuvée Brut Nature. It was initially aged in two to five year-old barrels, then given over 2.5 years on the lees before it was disgorged in November 2015 with a 4.5g/l dosage. More structured red fruits here, with notes of dried fruits, touch of apricot and citrus fruits, with a saline finish. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 303. Champagne Rosé AC Extra-Brut (2012) Rosé de Macération

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    Benoît Lahaye

    97% Pinot Noir, 3% Pinot Meunier (12% alc.)

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    Made from 34 year old vines from the vineyard of Les Juliennes in Bouzy (whole bunches macerated for 30 hours), and aged half in amphora and half in oak with completed malolactics, this has intensely fragrant strawberries and raspberries with a hint of rose on the nose, and is a seriously vinous (only 3g/l dosage), terroir-driven rosé with an incredibly sustained finish. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 304. Champagne Grand Cru AC 2010 Extra-Brut

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    Benoît Lahaye

    70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay (12% alc.)

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    The 45 year old vines are 100% from the grand cru of Bouzy and lieu-dit of Mont de Tauxières. Fermented in five year old 225 litre barrels, malolactics were blocked and the champagne was bottled off under cork without filtration in July 2011. It was disgorged in June 2015 with a 4g/l dosage. It shows a tense, vinous depth of red fruits, and the texture is silky and refined, with an excellent, fine beaded mousse and attractive bitters on the finish. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 305. Champagne Grand Cru AC (2012) Brut Nature, Jardin de la Grosse Pierre

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    Benoît Lahaye

    Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Arbanne, Petit Meslier,Fromenteau, Gros Plant, Teinturier + others! (12% alc.)

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    The vines here are complanted starting off in 1927, on a south-west facing hillside towards the base of Bouzy. Aged in 3-5yo barrels with just a touch of SO2 added at the press (17mg/l) - just five barrels have been produced, It's quite a startling champagne, complex, distinct and richly fragrant with savoury, distinct umami notes, green herbs, and incredible depth of energetic, expressive fruit. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 306. Champagne Grand Cru AC NV Extra-Brut, Eléments

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    Marguet Père & Fils

    65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay (12.5% alc.)

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    A blend of 85% 2011 vintage and 15% reserve wines, disgorged in September 2015 after 38 months in bottle, with a dosage of 2.4g/l, this is rich and vinous, highlighting the powerful character of Ambonnay, yet with the restraint and precision that are so evident in Marguet’s champagnes. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 307. Champagne Grand Cru AC 2009 Extra-Brut, Amboniacus

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    Marguet Père & Fils

    50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay (12.5% alc.)

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    As the name of the cuvée suggests this comes from a parcel of old vines in the grand cru village of Ambonnay. Disgorged in December 2014 with no dosage, this is rich and vinous, highlighting the powerful character of Ambonnay, yet with the restraint and precision, plus savoury, umami note that are so evident in Marguet’s champagnes. 25mg/l of sulphur used only at the press. For drinking now to 2019.