Champagne Bereche et Fils Campania Remensis Rose 2015
Raphaël Bérêche began working alongside his father Jean-Pierre at their family domaine, Bérèche et Fils, in 2004. Founded in 1847, Bérèche et Fils has discovered a new breathe of life as Raphaël along with his brother Vincent, the family’s fifth generation have taken the reins. The combination of innovative work in the cellar along with a turn towards natural viticulture has sprung new energy in the domaine’s champagnes. Raphaël and Vincent are no longer using chemical herbicides in the vineyards and the domaine is now using cover crops and biodynamic techniques to encourage soil and vine health. All vineyard work is done by hand and by tractor. With vineyards spread across the Montagne de Reims and into the left bank of the Vallée de la Marne, Raphaël and Vincent have their hands full. They also acquired their first grand cru vineyard in the village of Mailly-Champagne in 2012.
VM 92: The 2014 Campania Remensis offers notable tension and along with a good bit of vibrancy that livens up the red berry, tobacco and floral notes. Deceptive in its pale color, the 2014 is beautifully persistent, not to mention impeccable in its balance, with terrific underlying structure. The 2014 is wonderfully alive in the glass. I loved it. Disgorged February 2018. Dosage is 3 grams per liter.–Antonio Galloni, July 2018