Les Monts Fournois – Ludes 1er Cru, is a “massale” (many different clone) selection of Chardonnay planted in 1961, on south-facing, gentle slopes of the estate. This wine showcases the richness possible in great growing seasons, and the distinct, precise chalky flavors of the soils. The wine was barrel-fermented, and the second fermentation took place under cork. Fewer than two-thousand bottles were disgorged (manually) by the Bérêche brothers. Dosage is 3g/L. 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.