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Champagne Bérèche et Fils Vallée
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Champagne Bérèche et Fils Vallée NV

Champagne, FranceCreated in 1847, Champagne Bérèche et Fils is a grower with 9.5 hectares of land based in Vallée de la Marne. Brothers Raphaël and Vincent Bérêche are the current generation. Terroir-focused, they farm without herbicides, and all wines undergo tirer à liege - where the second fermentation takes place under cork rather than capsule. They believe this allows more oxygen into the bottle resulting in finer bubbles and a seamless texture. This is an equal split chardonnay and pinot noir, aged on the lees for 66 Months, 5 g/l disgorged January 2016. Biscuit, smoked stone, white peach, warm yellow fruits gives gentle heft to this 1er cru Champagne, while driving crystalline lemon lifts it. Chalky minerality textures to an anise-scented finish.Tasted: 15 March 2017Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 75.00 private wine shops Producer: Champagne Bérèche et FilsDistributors: International Cellars Inc.
Blend: Chardonnay - Pinot NoirCSPC: 551945