Bérêche et Fils has been producing Champagne since the mid-19th century and has steadily built its reputation as being among the finest producers in the entire region. Sourcing from a deep well of traditional winemaking, it’s been the modern layers introduced by the current winemakers at the helm, the brothers Raphaël and Vincent Bérêche, that have continued to keep this estate in such a highly reputable and esteemed position. The brothers shifted their approach to single vineyard plots with minimal dosages to allow for the vines on their prized territories to speak for themselves. Since they do not allow for malolactic fermentation, their house style can certainly be described as racy, as evident in this Rive Gauche cuvée. Sourced from nearly 50-year-old Pinot Meunier vines in Le Port à Binson in the Vallée de la Marne, this a Meunier of great complexity and finesse. Aromas of stone fruit, ginger, lemon curd, mixed red berries, and apple tatin evolve from the glass. The acidity cuts through its frothy mousse with soft, fine bubbles dancing over a medium bodied, creamy, and silky texture before finishing dry with rounded touches of underripe strawberry, almonds, and hints of baking spices. Charismatically linear, and quite possibly the most elegant Blanc de Meunier produced.