The world of Champagne has expanded greatly in the last few years. We still have the big brand names of course, but behind them are a multitude of smaller, quality-focused growers taking on the challenge of making and bottling their own wines. Bertrand-Delespierre are a family domaine with some excellent Premier Cru vineyards and an abundance of winemaking talent, and this wine is tremendous value. Precise, expressive, fresh and moreish, it's a shining example of what riches are available in Champagne if you look beyond the familiar.
Premier Cru vineyards in Montagne de Reims. Fermented and aged in stainless steel for about eight months, then aged for three years in bottle before disgorgement. A ripe blend of the three Champagne grapes, this is rich, showing baked apple, spice and a shot of acidity that perfectly backs up the white fruit and mineral texture.