Bereche et Fils, AOC/AOP Champagne, Ludes 1er Cru, Montagne de Reims (North), Champagne, NV
A blend of pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay, normal champagne cork closure; based on the 2011 vintage, disgorged October 2013, and given a dosage of 7g/l; 12% abv, The Wine Society, £26
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears and small bubbles.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas of sweet ripe yet bruised bramley apple, hints of warmer unripe stone fruit, and warm yeasty wholemeal dough.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, a low-key gummy grip, medium alcohol and a medium body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of warm wholemeal dough, bruised bramley apple and hints of warmer ripe dessert apple. A medium (+) length, a creamy mousse with a long persistence, with a gummy grip on a clean and fresh bruised apple finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, of well-balanced fresh acidity with intensity of flavour; not complex but with good flavour intensity and concentration, and a decent length. Fully developed and ready to drink now, this wine will not improve with further cellaring, and should be drunk within a year or two.