Champagne Bereche et Fils NV 'Reflet D'Antan' Brut Champagne AOC

Champagne Bereche et Fils NV 'Reflet D'Antan' Brut Champagne AOC

Item Number: 14185

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Sub Region: Champagne
Appellation/AVA: Champagne AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 35% Pinot Noir / 35% Pinot Meunier / 30% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Calcareous chalk
Case Production: 350

Vine Age: 30+ Years
Hectares: 0.60

Terroir: A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Montagne de Reims (Ludes 1er Cru, Trepail, and Ormes), combined with Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay from Marne Valley (Mareuil le Port).

Assemblage: Arguably the most original of all in this lineup of singular Champagnes is the Reflet d’Antan, drawn from a perpetual reserve of 600-liter barrels begun by Jean-Pierre in 1985. Every year two-thirds of the best barrels is drawn off for this wine, which consists of 30% reserve wines.

Winemaking: Fermentation occurs slowly with native yeast in barrels and in small vats. The wine ages on its lees. Second fermentation happens under cork. The bottle rests for 36 months before disgorgement by hand. Dosage is 6 g/L.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95 (4/30/2020)

    The latest release of the NV Brut Reflet d'Antan is based on the 2016 vintage, complemented as usual by some 30% reserve wines from a solera of demi-muids dating back to 1986. This is showing superbly, offering up a deep and complex bouquet of citrus oil, warm pastry, peach, apple skin, fenugreek and spices, followed by a full-bodied, fleshy and layered palate that's rich and generous, its concentrated core of fruit underpinned by racy acids, concluding with a long, saline finish. When I observed that this rendition is more refined as well as considerably less oxidative in profile than the Reflet d'Antan of yesteryear, Raphaël Bérêche told me that he has been making a very strict selection of which barrels in the solera are retained, with this objective in mind. What's more, in around five years' time, this cuvée will be released only in magnum.