Bérêche has 11ha of old vines averaging 38yo in 21 parcels including three villages classed as premier cru and one as grand cru. The family now produces nine champagnes (including four single-vineyard champagnes) of which around two-thirds goes into their Brut Réserve. Their principal holdings are on the Montagne de Reims in the villages of Ludes, Chigny Les Roses and Trépail, and from Mareuil-le-Port and Festigny in the Vallée de la Marne (for essentially pinot meunier). There is a four-strong team at the helm, with sons Raphaël and Vincent, both in their thirties, working with their parents. Vincent is in charge of viticulture and aided by a team of eight people employed full-time the work is fastidious, restricting yields, working with no herbicides, ploughing both between the rows and vines and hand harvesting with a large team of pickers.
4,205 bottles of this champagne are made from two lieux-dits of low-yielding 45yo vines planted in a mix of clay, sand and limestone soils on a north-facing slope in Mareuil-le-Port. Vinified in 350 and 600ltr barrels and aged for three years in bottle under cork, it already shows a subtle complexity, with soil-driven depths of aroma and citrusy acidity, buttressing the rich flavours of orchard and stone fruit. Dosage 3g/l.