Wine Spectator 2015 (USA)
Gault & Millau Wine Guide 2015 : « Coup de cœur »
Guide du Wine & Business Club 2013 (France) 16/20
Drinks Business Champagne Masters 2012 (UK)
International Wine Challenge 2011 & 2012 (UK) & International Wine & Spirit Competition 2012 (UK) & Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 (UK)
35% Chardonnay 20% Pinot Noir 45% Pinot Meunier
White peach, Mirabelle plum, Apricot, Pineapple
Open on the nose. The first expression is of floral aromas and notes of dried flowers. The aromatic range reveals fruitier fragrances such as white peach and Mirabelle plum. Notes of hazelnut and praline develop at the finish. The attack is fresh and strong, then the wine reveals its full roundness, structure and smoothness. Notes of fresh fruit, apricot, pineapple and vineyard peach. The long, racy finish promises a bright future for this elegant, classy wine.
An intense, generous wine, releasing notes of dried flowers and aromas of white fruit. A true invitation to gourmet enjoyment.
In order to construct its unique style, a blend of power and elegance, Besserat de Bellefon relies on its own 25 hectare vineyard, mainly situated in the Marne Valley (a bastion of the Pinot Meunier grape) as well as a network of grape suppliers who supplement the Houses requirements for high quality grapes.
Cuvée des Moines, as created in 1930, is crafted from a selection of the best Champagne wines following a blending process which is highly unusual for the Appellation. Faithful to its supply philosophy, Besserat de Bellefon has selected the best plots and best crus in the Champagne wine- growing region. After harvesting and pressing, the juice is sent to a vat-room where it undergoes primary alcoholic fermentation. One of the Houses distinctive characteristics is to not practice malolactic fermentation, which enables wines to keep
their full purity and freshness over time; their cellaring potential is therefore greatly increased. Adding a liqueur de tirage (sugar and yeast) when the wine is bottled triggers secondary fermentation. Every non-vintage Besserat de Bellefon cuvée is then left to rest in the cellar for a minimum of three years; vintage cuvées remain there for a minimum of five years. The wines are therefore cellar-aged for far longer than the minimum Appellation requirement.
Real conductor of the Cuvée des Moines range, this brut Champagne is particularly suitable for cocktail. It will have a great adaptability, flirting with a cut of veal tartare, or with Saint-Jacques Champagne emulsion sauce.