Bereche-et-Fils Winery

Champagne Bérêche et Fils have been making Champagne since 1847 but up until 1950 production was miniscule, drawing only on the 2.5 hectare family estate vineyard in Ludes. Since then the estate has grown through acquisitions to 9.5 hectares spread over three main areas on the Montagne de Reims (including Ludes, Trépail, Chigny-les-Roses, Ormes) and in the Vallée de la Marne (Mareuil-la-Port and Festigny).

In 2004 Raphaël Bérêche joined his father, Jean-Pierre, in the family business and now drives the future direction of this dynamic house. It is since then that their star has begun to shine so bright. Still shy of 30, Raphaël is already recognised of one of the leading minds of Champagne’s current generation of growers.

Bérêche have roughly equal areas of the three classic grape varieties under vine. All vineyards are now managed with a bio/organic philosophy using plant tonics to compliment copper and sulphur, and cover crops with cultivation to replace the need for herbicides. Since 2007 a portion of the vineyards has been converted to biodynamics as a trial for the whole estate. Average vine age is over 35 years. Raphaël’s brother, Vincent, has managed the vineyards since 2008.

In the winery both Raphaël and his father favour labour-intensive traditional techniques. Parcels are vinified separately, long and slow natural yeast fermentations take place mainly in old enamel lined concrete tanks and barrels before extended lees aging. Oak is also used for the aging of some cuvees. The malolactic is blocked and the wines are bottled without filtration. The secondary fermentation and bottle aging on lees is increasingly on cork instead of crown seal with a belief that this adds character and complexity. All disgorging is by hand, and a traditional liqueur d’expédition is used in place of grape concentrate, albeit with very low dosage.

The result is a range of Champagnes that have great vinosity. Dry and complex they are intensely concentrated displaying exotic perfume and fruits, deep spice and layers of evolved characters while possessing fresh mineral acid structures thanks to the absence of the malolactic. These are a must-try for champagne aficionados.
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Bereche Campania Remensis Rose Extra Brut NV

"100% from Ormes. 100% barrique aged. Partridge eye colour. Complex but youthful fresh dry Rosé." Importers Note

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RRP: $ 186.00
Case Price: $ 158.00
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Case Min. : 6
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Bereche et Fils Brut Reserve NV


92 Points Wine Spectator

Firm and sleek, with crisp acidity structuring flavors of Gala apple, raisin bread, quince paste and almond cream. Well-knit, with a fine bead and fresh finish. Disgorged September 2011. Drink now through 2017. 92 Points Wine Spectator  

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RRP: $ 99.95
Case Price: $ 79.95
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Case Min. : 6
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Bereche et Fils Extra Brut Reserve NV


90 Points Stephen Tanzer

Light yellow with a steady bead. Pungent, leesy, mineral-dominated citrus and pear aromas, with a light hint of green peppercorn. Firm, taut citrus zest flavors are youthful and reticent, even with aeration. Patience reveals blood orange and cherry pit nuances, along with an almost strident talc underpinning. There's good weight here but I'll bet that the dry, stony qualities will shock .....

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Bereche Le Cran 2006


92 Points Wine Advocate

"Showcasing the eponymous vineyard in Ludes, Bereche’s 2006 Brut Le Cran – co-starring Pinot and Chardonnay, with Meunier in support – leads with bittersweet perfume of iris and cooling, high-toned herbal inflections including mint. A subtle mingling of decadent lees, sourdough yeasts, and almost Furmint-like nasal twang of buckwheat add pungent and piquant interest, trans .....

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RRP: $ 199.00
Case Price: $ 159.00
Discount : 20% Off
Case Min. : 3
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Bereche Le Cran 2005

"50:50 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the middle of 2 chalk rich hillsides in Ludes. Disgorged in Jan 2012. 3 g/l dosage and 35 ppm SO2 total. White flowers, white mushrooms, dried cream, forest floor, and spice. Complex but pure. Creamy chalky citrusy palate with amazing length and concentration." Importers Note

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RRP: $ 209.00
Case Price: $ 166.00
Discount : 21% Off
Case Min. : 3
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Bereche Vallee de la Marne - Rive Gauche NV

"Based on 2009 from 2 hectares planted in 1969. Aged in larger barrels. 3 g/l dosage. 3 years on lees under cork. Perfumed red fruits, white spice, crême patissiere lees note. Very dry palate. Apple and exotic citrus. Very powerful for 100% Pinot Meunier." Importers Note

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