Champagne Bertrand de Bessac BrutNV
|Region:||Champagne , France|
|Alcohol by vol:||12.0% vol|
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Exclusive to Waitrose, Bertrand de Bessac Champagne is made mostly from first year wine with 25% reserve wines from previous vintages.
In the press: "A blend of 60% Pinot Noir from the Aube and 40% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs, this has a hefty proportion of toasty reserve wine to add to the ripe fruit from the 2009 vintage. The result is a delicious fizz with real complexity, power and depth as well as the backbone to age." Tim Atkin, 31 October 2012, www.timatkin.com
The Champagne wine region is a historic province in the northeast of France, known for the production of the sparkling wine that bears the region's name. EU law and the laws of most countries reserve the term "Champagne" exclusively for wines that come from this region located about 100 miles (160 km) east of Paris. The towns of Reims and Épernay form the central hubs of the area, with many of the famous Champagne Houses based here.
Located at the northern edges of the wine growing world, the history of the Champagne wine region has had a significant role in the development of this unique terroir. It can only be made from a blend of up to three grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. The style of champagne can vary significantly, and each of the Houses has their own house style; a formula passed down from generation to generation.