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  • 293. Champagne AC NV Brut, Réserve

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    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 (2013), Rive Gauche

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    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 2019.

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

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    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 2013 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 2020.

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

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    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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    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.