Reflet d’Antan Brut NV
Bérêche et Fils
Bottle Sizes 750ml, 1.5L
Appellation Champagne (Montagne de Reims / Vallée de la Marne)
Wine Type Sparkling - Blanc
Varietals 30% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier (with 30% of the wine from perpetual blending system aging in demi-muid started in 1985).
Farming Without the use of pesticides for 15 year, organic principles.
Vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Montagne de Reims (Ludes, Trépail and Ormes). Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay from Vallée de la Marne (Mareuil-le-Port).
Soil Bands of limestone, chalk dominant.
Viticulture "Every action has been adequately thought out. Of course our land is plowed and we also use weed control to limit disease. This vegetation cover avoids herbicides, insecticides and anti- rots. Everything begins with the soil. The fertilization is organic. They feed wildlife which in turn feeds flora and thus the soil is working. As a result the House Bérêche has one of the lowest treatment frequency index in the Champagne region. It is also among the first to be certified High Environmental Quality (level 3)."
Vinification 30 percent reserve wine aging in demi-muid. Each parcel of vines is vinified and aged separately in fûts de chene using only native yeasts. The wine spends 36 months sur lattes under natural cork before disgorgement. 6 grams/ liter dosage.
Aging Aged sur-lattes for 36 months under natural cork.
Production 3,600 bottles.
Notes Drawn from a perpetual blending system of 600 liter barrels begun in 1985 by Raphaël’s and Vincent’s father, Jean-Pierre.
Publication Vinous Rating 95
The NV Reflet d’Antan is weightless, airy and gracious. Graphite, crushed rocks, petrol, smoke and licorice infuse this super-refined, polished Champagne. Intensely mineral, chalky and savory, Reflet d’Antan is a model of total precision. The current release is based on the 2013 vintage, with 30% perpetual reserve wines. Reflet d’Antan is 35% Pinot Noir, 35% Meunier and 30% Chardonnay. I tasted two bottles of the same wine; the first aged on crown seal and the second (the commercial release) aged on cork. The version aged on cork was noticeably more complex, and that is for a wine that had just been disgorged about a month before this tasting. Disgorged February 2018. Dosage is 6 grams per liter.
– Antonio Galloni, July 2018