Bereche et Fils Champagne 2013 Reserve Brut Rilly la Montagne
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This is a single village wine produced from the best sites in the premier cru village Rilly-la-Montagne. The Pinot Noir vines are 36 years old. The grapes ferment slowly in oak barrels. The wine is aged on its lees. Second fermentation occurs in bottle under cork instead of crown cap. The wine ages for +36 months in the cellar before release. Dosage is low, around 3 g/L. Rilly La Montagne, 100 % Pinot Noir, is soft, supple and forward.
Disgorged in January 2017 with three grams per liter dosage, the 2013 Premier Cru Rilly-la-Montagne is showing very well, offering up aromas of citrus oil, pear, white flowers, lily pollen and fresh walnuts. Medium to full-bodied, it is pillowy and incisive, with a racy spine of acidity, a pinpoint mousse and fine depth at the core, concluding with a chalky, delicately honeyed finish. This derives from Pinot Noir vines planted at high altitude on east-facing slopes, defined by chalky bedrock rich in flint and overlain by sandy soils that lend the lieu-dit its name, "Les Sablons."
Here in its first release, the 2013 Rilly-la-Montagne is simply compelling. In this range, the Rilly-La-Montagne stands out in the way it brings together the flavor profile and aromatic presence of Chardonnay with hints of the expansiveness and textural breadth of Pinot Noir that opens up on the palate, all while retaining terrific focus. If tasted blind, the Rilly would be easy to mistake for a Chardonnay, such is its energy. Citrus and floral notes are creamy in this super-expressive Blanc de Blancs from the Bérêche brothers. Disgorged January 2017.