Bérêche, Reflet d’Antan 750ml NV

France, Champagne
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This is a barrel selection, two-thirds from the 2016 vintage and a third of reserve wine, from the solera system started in 1985. The Reflet d’Antan is a near-equal blend of Chardonnay, Meunier and Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims (Ludes Ier Cru, Trépail et Ormes) and the Vallée de la Marne (Mareuil-port).

Tasting notes:
'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. Drink 2020 - 2035.' – William Kelley, Wine Advocate, 95/100 (Apr 2020)

'Very serious yet accessible. Complex, a particularly intense version of the NV, with a gingery finish.' – Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com, 17.5/20 (Jun 2019)

About Bérêche:
Bérêche & Fils was founded in 1847. Building on a strong foundation of traditional Champagne-making learned from their father, brothers Vincent and Raphaël Bérêche, took over in 2004. Today, the estate has 9.5 hectares spread over 21 parcels in Ludes, Ormes, Trépail; their first grand cru site in Mailly on the Montagne de Reims and Mareuil-le-Port in the Vallee de la Marne.

Second fermentation and aging en tirage occurs under cork with an agrafe. The bottles are then hand-disgorged with no to low dosage to maintain the integrity and characteristics of each cuvée.
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