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With the holidays upon us and gatherings of friends and family at hand, we are happy to remind you of the joys of Champagne at the table. New releases from our favorite growers are streaming in and we're positively giddy, as we taste the newest vintages and cuvées. One of the most exciting producers is Bérêche et Fils, where the energetic brothers Raphaël and Vincent turn out a range of inspiring Champagnes, which seem to improve with every vintage. Since taking over the estate in 2004, they have worked organically, and have begun application of biodynamic treatments to a portion of the vines. In the cellar they have focused on fermenting in oak with native yeasts, aging under cork, and bottling with lower dosage. The wines from their vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and Vallée de la Marne are intensely flavored, mineral, and supple, balancing ripe fruit character with terroir distinction. The use of oak, as well as aging under cork rather than capsule for the secondary fermentation of the wines, lends a faintly burnished character to the wines, adding an additional layer of complexity to the nose and palate.

We are pleased to offer their latest releases: Les Beaux Regards Blanc des Blancs, Campania Remensis Rosé, Le Cran, Rive Gauche Blanc des Noirs, and Reflets d'Antan (based on a single vintage combined with wines from a perpetual cuvée). John McIlwain

Bérêche, Raphael NV (Base 14/15) Champagne Brut Réserve

Bérêche is one of our favorite growers with a number of smaller terroir specific cuvées and a wonderfully expressive base cuvée. The current disgorgement is a blend of 30% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 35% Pinot Meunier including 30% of wines from a perpetual blending system - aged in demi-muid (600 liters) barrels. Disgorged in July, 2017 with a dosage of 7 grams, the Brut Réserve is classically styled with a fine bead and burnished biscuity notes. Notes of golden delicious apple and red fruit dominate the nose with a palate that is both fresh and rich with a fine line of minerality throughout. This will make for an elegant apéritif, and work beautifully with richer foods such as chicken, poached salmon, or even lobster rolls. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 59 in stock
  • no discount
  • $41.99

Bérêche, Raphael NV Champagne Brut Réserve 1.5L (Base 14/15)

Bérêche is one of our favorite growers with a number of smaller terroir specific cuvées and a wonderfully expressive base cuvée. The current disgorgement is a blend of 30% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 35% Pinot Meunier including 30% of wines from a perpetual blending system - aged in demi-muid (600 liters) barrels. Disgorged in July, 2017 with a dosage of 7 grams, the Brut Réserve is classically styled with a fine bead and burnished biscuity notes. Notes of golden delicious apple and red fruit dominate the nose with a palate that is both fresh and rich with a fine line of minerality throughout. This will make for an elegant apéritif, and work beautifully with richer foods such as chicken, poached salmon, or even lobster rolls. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 26 in stock
  • $99.99

Bérêche, Raphael NV (2013 Base) Champagne Brut Nature Beaux Regards Chardonnay

Les Beaux Regards is a blend of two parcels of Chardonnay in Ludes on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims planted in 1964 and 1970. The loamy clay soils produce a Champagne more vinous in character, rather than exclusively taut and chalky. The 2013 displays floral and stone fruit aromas with lemon blossom, brioche, and nectarine giving way to citrus peel and green apple. The palate is distinctly chalky and racy, with overtly mineral flavors, cool notes of mint and quinine, and a long tangy, sapid finish.  (Dosage 3g/L) John McIlwain 

  • white sparkling
  • 51 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • Organic

Bérêche NV (2013 Base) Extra Brut Rose Campania Remensis

Bérêche's Campania Remensis is a consistently fascinating rosé champagne, in a category fraught with uninspiring wines. The 2013 base is 65% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, and 5% still red wine from Ormes on the western side of the Montagne de Reims. This year the robe is salmon pink, verging on copper. The nose is redolent of wild strawberries, red currant, and pomegranate, with citrus peel and spicy top notes. The mid-weight palate displays a fine tension between ripe red fruit and an agile mineral precision. The balance here is impeccable and the finish textured and nuanced. Every year Bérêche makes a compelling case for rosé champagne and the 2013 base is an especially delicious example. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 37 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV (2013 Base) Champagne Extra Brut Rive Gauche

100% old-vine Pinot Meunier sourced from the lieu-dit Le Misy, located in Port à Binson on the southern bank of the Marne river. Fermented with native yeasts in barrel and aged under cork, Bérêche's 2013 base edition of Rive Gauche makes a convincing case for champagne made from the oft-underestimated Pinot Meunier grape. The old vines restrict the sometimes overly exuberant quality of the variety, and while the wine shows lovely ripeness, there is a fine, bracing minerality framing the generous fruit. The nose shows lovely aromas of stone fruits and white flowers: white peaches, Rainier cherry, and russet apple, along with notes of honey and orange oil. Similar fruit notes appear on the medium-bodied palate, with a layered mineral complexity lending structure and energy, not to mention a fine sapidity on the lingering zesty finish.  A fine apéritif and with charcuterie, but better still at the table with rare tuna, veal tartare, or for a bit of old school fun, clams casino. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $69.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael 2009 Champagne 1er Cru Ludes Le Cran

Of Bérêche's single vineyard wines, Le Cran is the richest and most powerful. Sourced from mid-slope parcels in Ludes and comprised of equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Le Cran is a convincing argument for the distinctive terroir of the village. The vines are farmed organically, the base wines fermented and aged in wood, and the secondary fermentation done under cork rather than crown cap. The 2009 has a pale golden robe, a soft mousse, and fine bead. The nose is a melange of biscuity, autolytic aromas, with ripe tropical and orchard fruit notes giving way to scents of citrus peel and wet stone. The ample palate offers flavors of fresh golden apple, lemon curd, and mirabelle plum with a spine of salty minerality framing the ripeness. This is a powerful champagne whose richness is perfectly counterbalanced by its underlying structure and should gain nuance with 5-10 years in the cellar. Bravo! John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV "L12" Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan Base 12

Based on a perpetual cuvée dating from the 1980's, the wine combines the vivid, nervy fruit of a recent vintage with the burnished, textural and aromatic complexity of the aged wines which make up the 'solera.' The secondary fermentation under cork rather than crown cap adds an additional layer of finesse with a delicate bead and soft mousse. Reflets is 2/3 reserve wine and 1/3 from the 2012 vintage. The current release has a golden yellow robe and a super fine bead. The nose features aromas of shortbread, ripe apple, orange zest and baking spice. The palate is round and broad with an underlying mineral tension and a cool, vibrant, rising finish. Better served in a white wine glass to allow  the aromas to develop. A fine pairing with richer seafood dishes, roast poultry, or enjoy with a fine Comté. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 58 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV (base 12) Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan 1.5 L

Based on a perpetual cuvée dating from the 1980's, the wine combines the vivid, nervy fruit of a recent vintage with the burnished, textural and aromatic complexity of the aged wines which make up the 'solera.' The secondary fermentation under cork rather than crown cap adds an additional layer of finesse with a delicate bead and soft mousse. Reflets is 2/3 reserve wine and 1/3 from the 2012 vintage. The current release has a golden yellow robe and a super fine bead. The nose features aromas of shortbread, ripe apple, orange zest and baking spice. The palate is round and broad with an underlying mineral tension and a cool, vibrant, rising finish. Better served in a white wine glass to allow  the aromas to develop. A fine pairing with richer seafood dishes, roast poultry, or enjoy with a fine Comté. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $249.99

  • Organic

Maison Bérêche 2007 Champagne Côte des Blancs "Côte" disg. 01/16, 4g/l

Sourced from the grand cru village of Cramant in the Côte des Blancs, La Côte Grand Cru 2007 is beginning to display the aged character of Champagne from the famed village, a balance of mineral precision with the burnished fruit character of long aging sur latte. On the nose lemon oil, honeycomb, and brioche aromas overlay hints of seashell, and stone. The palate shows hints of halzelnut, brown butter, Seville orange, salt, and crushed herbs on a creamy, rich, rounded, finish with fine bead and good persistence. (4g/L dosage, disgorged 01/16.) John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

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Bérêche, Raphael NV (base 14/15) Champagne Brut Réserve 3 Liter

Bérêche is one of our favorite growers with a number of smaller terroir specific cuvées and a wonderfully expressive base cuvée. The current disgorgement is a blend of 30% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 35% Pinot Meunier including 30% of wines from a perpetual blending system - aged in demi-muid (600 liters) barrels. Disgorged in July, 2017 with a dosage of 7 grams, the Brut Réserve is classically styled with a fine bead and burnished biscuity notes. Notes of golden delicious apple and red fruit dominate the nose with a palate that is both fresh and rich with a fine line of minerality throughout. This will make for an elegant apéritif, and work beautifully with richer foods such as chicken, poached salmon, or even lobster rolls. John McIlwain

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $249.99

Bérêche NV (2013 Base) Extra Brut Rose Campania Remensis 1.5L

Bérêche's Campania Remensis is a consistently fascinating rosé champagne, in a category fraught with uninspiring wines. The 2013 base is 65% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, and 5% still red wine from Ormes on the western side of the Montagne de Reims. This year the robe is salmon pink, verging on copper. The nose is redolent of wild strawberries, red currant, and pomegranate, with citrus peel and spicy top notes. The mid-weight palate displays a fine tension between ripe red fruit and an agile mineral precision. The balance here is impeccable and the finish textured and nuanced. Every year Bérêche makes a compelling case for rosé champagne and the 2013 base is an especially delicious example. John McIlwain

  • Out of Stock
  • rosé sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $189.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael 2009 Champagne 1er Cru Ludes Le Cran 1.5 L

Of Bérêche's single vineyard wines, Le Cran is the richest and most powerful. Sourced from mid-slope parcels in Ludes and comprised of equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Le Cran is a convincing argument for the distinctive terroir of the village. The vines are farmed organically, the base wines fermented and aged in wood, and the secondary fermentation done under cork rather than crown cap. The 2009 has a pale golden robe, a soft mousse, and fine bead. The nose is a melange of biscuity, autolytic aromas, with ripe tropical and orchard fruit notes giving way to scents of citrus peel and wet stone. The ample palate offers flavors of fresh golden apple, lemon curd, and mirabelle plum with a spine of salty minerality framing the ripeness. This is a powerful champagne whose richness is perfectly counterbalanced by its underlying structure and should gain nuance with 5-10 years in the cellar. Bravo! John McIlwain

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $229.99

  • Organic