Cepage - approximately 35% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Meunier
Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims (specifically Ludes, Trépail and Ormes)
Chardonnay from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne
Pinot Meunier from Mareuil-le-Port in the Vallée de la Marne
Upon their arrival at the family Domaine in 2004, brothers Vincent and Raphaël Bereche, stopped all use of chemical herbicides and returned to labour-intensive manual cultivation of their vines. In the cellar they employ long, natural fermentations and extended aging on lees. Parcels are vinified separately, and three-quarters of the production spends time in 350-litre barrels, while the reserve wines are held in demi-muids of 600 litres. Unusually, bottle aging is mostly under cork for the second fermentation (tirer à liege). The brothers believe this allows slightly more oxygen to get to the wine, resulting in Champagnes with finer bubbles and seamless texture. None of the wines go through malolactic fermentation. Bottling occurs without filtration and disgorgement is still done entirely by hand.