The Champagne Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche is always a single vintage wine, though it’s not mentioned on the label. The wine is 100% Meunier, from the single vineyard Les Misy in Mareuil-le-Port on the left bank of the Marne. Like the Blanc de Blancs Les Beaux Regards, and the Rosé Campania Remensis, the wine is vinified in barrel, and the prize de mousse (second fermentation) takes place under natural cork, rather than steel crown cap, which means that each bottle is hand-disgorged (and tasted) before dosage (this wine is an Extra Brut: only 2g/l). Richly mineral and full-bodied, at the same time silky and elegant, this is undoubtedly one of the finest 100% Meunier Champagnes made.
About this wine producer: The original Bérêche estate is centered around 2.5 hectares of vines established by Leon and Albert Bérêche in 1847. Successive generations expanded the property, and today there are a total of 9.5 ha in and around the communes of Craon de Ludes, Ormes, Trépail, and Mailly, all in the Montagne de Reims, as well as the area around Mareuil-le-Port on the left bank of the Marne. The 0.15 ha Mailly parcel, acquired in 2012, is their first Grand Cru vineyard. Since joining their father Jean-Pierre in 2004 and 2008 respectively, Raphaël and Vincent Bérêche have risen to the head of the class of Champagne’s corp of elite grower producers. Most of their wines are sold directly to private customers, who drive from Brussels and Paris and London to pick up their six or twelve bottle allocations at the winery in Craon de Ludes. Almost all the rest goes to Michelin-starred, like Gérard Boyer’s iconic Les Crayères in Reims, or to specialist retailers like Le Verre Volé and La Cave de Papilles in Paris.