Bereche et Fils "Ambonnay " Grand Cru Champagne 2015
Bérêche & Fils owns around 7 hectares in the area of Montagne de Reims, since 2004, when Raphael joined his father in the family business. He brought a decisive revolution in the Champagne production and everything changed: systemic treatments and herbicides have been banned from the vineyards and rows are carefully looked after. The cave is well organised, too: a large room is dedicated to spontaneous fermentations and to the use of different oak barrels, in terms of quality and origin, both for vinification and maturation. Interesting are also tirages with cork tops to let Cuvées age under controlled oxydation. He is trying to bring ancient techniques back, but with awareness and sensitivity.
The Champagne Extra Brut Ambonnay Grand Cru is a novelty by Bérêche et Fils. It is a Blanc de Noirs from 100% Pinot Noir grapes, harvested in 2015 in the village of the same name from a single plot (Lieu-Dit) of 0.40 hectares called "Les Tourets". The fermentation took place on the yeasts in neutral French oak barrels and the "Prise de mousse" happened in the bottle with natural cork, sur-lattes for 54 months. Final dosage of 3 g/l - making it an Extra Brut - for this extraordinary, pure and territorial Champagne Blanc de Noirs produced in a limited edition of only 2,349 bottles.