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Besserat de Bellefon Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

  • WE92
  • RP92
  • WS90
  • JS90
750ML / 12.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Sculpted from the stones of its own soil, Grand Blanc BB sets the tone of impeccable beauty and precision. This masterpiece unveils like a ballet. Violins dance, and lace finely crafted in limestone creates dazzling light. It is like delicate showy lily bells, with subtle emotion. The lemon and citrus announce with full clarity the purest state of elegance

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WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
This mineral-textured wine is taut and tense. Crisp citrus and sliced-apple flavors are lifted by a touch of honey, balanced with lines of pure acidity and great poise and elegance. The bottling is young and will be better enjoyed from 2017.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru is from prestigious villages of the Côte des Blancs such as Avize, Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant and Chouilly. The citrus colored wine opens pure and fresh on the nose, with citrus, chalk and yeasty bread aromas intermixed with dried fruit notes. Beautifully deep and complex but so fresh as if you had to have it with oysters. The palate is dense, fresh and very complex in its mix of chalky, finessed purity and elegant, ripe fruit flavors. The finish is tight, fresh and mineral, still a bit stringent but with lingering salty and lemon juice flavors. This is a very delicate, intense and complex Côte des Blancs. Rating: 92+
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Bright and citrusy, with verbena and Meyer lemon notes laced with green apple, chalk and biscuit flavors, this is lip-smacking, but in a balanced, vibrant style.
JS 90
James Suckling
Bright and floral lemon citrus nose. This has a gentle thread of sweet spices and a subtle background with a yeasty edge plus nice clarity. The palate has similarly direct crunchy lemon citrus fruit, and acidity is assertive. The texture will benefit from some time on cork to smoothen and settle.
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Besserat de Bellefon

Besserat de Bellefon

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Besserat de Bellefon, France
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Besserat de Bellefon was founded in Ay in 1843 by Edmond Besserat, who originally hailed from Hautvillers. Over the years he became recognized for his skill in crafting exceptional cuvées that he supplied to the greatest hotels, restaurants and wine merchants of the day. Following in Edmond's footsteps, future generations continued the business. His grandsons, Victor and Edmond, became as passionate as their forebear about work well done and a commitment to excellence and quality. With complementary talents (one was an outstanding technician, the other a highly accomplished taster) they worked together in complete harmony. They were committed to developing Besserat de Bellefon’s renown and prestige. In 1920 Edmond married Yvonne de Méric de Bellefon, daughter of a noble Champagne family, giving the House a family crest, and the Besserat de Bellefon legend was born.

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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, the region, Champagne, is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to bear the label, ‘Champagne’, a sparkling wine must originate from this northeastern region of France—called Champagne—and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide.

Well-drained, limestone and chalky soil defines much of the region, which lend a mineral component to its wines. Champagne’s cold, continental climate promotes ample acidity in its grapes but weather differences from year to year can create significant variation between vintages. While vintage Champagnes are produced in exceptional years, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years in order to produce Champagnes that maintain a consistent house style.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled as individual varietal Champagnes, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, elegance, lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier, provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while ones comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

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A term typically reserved for Champagne and Sparkling Wines, non-vintage or simply “NV” on a label indicates a blend of finished wines from different vintages (years of harvest). To make non-vintage Champagne, typically the current year’s harvest (in other words, the current vintage) forms the base of the blend. Finished wines from previous years, called “vins de reserve” are blended in at approximately 10-50% of the total volume in order to achieve the flavor, complexity, body and acidity for the desired house style. A tiny proportion of Champagnes are made from a single vintage.

There are also some very large production still wines that may not claim one particular vintage. This would be at the discretion of the winemaker’s goals for character of the final wine.

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