Champagne Bereche et Fils

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Montagne de Reims, Champagne
People: Brothers Raphaël & Vincent Bérêche, Owners & Winemakers
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

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Vinous, July 2019
"Few growers can match Raphaël Bérêche’s enthusiasm. That energy comes through in wines that faithfully capture the purest essence of vintage, variety and site. Bérêche fans can look forward to several new Champagnes in the coming years, including the stellar Mailly-Champagne, which makes its debut with the 2013 vintage. As good as the higher end wines are in this range, I often find myself reaching for the NV Brut Réserve, which is reliably one of the very finest Champagnes in its peer group."


Vinous, August 2016
"As always, the Bérêche Champagnes are built on vinous texture, an expression of the land, and total sensuality. Even in ripe, sunny vintages like 2012, the wines retain freshness and exceptional overall balance. These are some of my [Antonio Galloni] favorite Champagnes to buy and drink."

Reviews

  • Bereche (1.5 L) NV (2016) Brut Reserve Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (7/24/2019)

    The NV Brut Réserve (2016 base, disgorged December 2018) is especially finessed on this release, with a bit more floral lift from the Chardonnay than is often the case, and also slightly higher dosage, all of which works very well. Lemon confit, white flowers and mint add to the wine’s decidedly bright profile. This is a fabulous edition of the Brut Réserve. Dosage is 7 grams per liter. Disgorged: December, 2018.
  • Bereche (1.5 L) NV (2016) Brut Reserve Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (7/24/2019)

    The NV Brut Réserve (2016 base, disgorged July 2018) is fascinating to taste next to the December disgorgement. Five extra months on the cork yield a rich, resonant Champagne with tons of textural richness. Bright floral and savory notes meld into an expansive core of fruit in this super-expressive Champagne. Dried apricot, wild flowers, chamomile, lemon confit and chalk all open up in the glass. Whereas the more recent disgorgement shows more Chardonnay character, Pinot is very much front and center here. Dosage is 7 grams per liter. Disgorged: July, 2018.
  • Bereche 2015 Rilly-la-Montagne Champagne 1er Cru AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (7/24/2019)

    The 2015 Rilly La Montagne, 100% Pinot Noir, is soft, supple and forward. Exotic floral notes, passion fruit, chamomile and spice grace this pretty, open-knit Champagne. My impression is that the 2015 is going to be more rewarding over the near and medium-term rather than over a longer period of time. Dosage is 4.8 grams per liter. Disgorged: February 7, 2019.
  • Bereche 2011 'Le Cran' Champagne 1er Cru AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (7/24/2019)

    The 2011 Le Cran offers terrific freshness and a distinct savory edge. The apricot, chamomile, light honey and wild flower notes are nicely woven together. Although the 2011 Cran largely avoids the awkward green notes that afflict so many wines in this vintage, it also appears to be aging at a relatively fast pace. I would not push my luck with aging. Dosage is 3.5 grams per liter. Disgorged: July, 2018.