N.V. Besserat de Bellefon Brut Cuvee des Moines

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 90
James Suckling: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Price :

POUND FOR POUND ONE HELL OF A DEAL!!....Rich, complex, yeast, and dough abound. Why over-pay on the big name brands when this is much better and much cheaper??

"Tightly knit and racy, this is mouthwatering and harmonious, showing flavors of black currant, smoked almond, candied lemon zest, honey and chalk. Vibrant and hard to stop sipping, with a firm, smoky finish. Disgorged November 2014. Drink now through 2020. 750 cases made. –AN" (WS)

"The NV Cuvée des Moines Brut is a Champagne blend based on 2009 and includes 30% reserve wine from the solera. Disgorged in September 2014, this Brut is ripe, intense and pretty rich, but also offers a nice chalkiness on the nose. Full bodied, intense and vinous, with lemon notes in the iodine finish, this is a well-structured Cuvée with good ageing potential of 5-8 years.

Besserat Bellefon produces a range of pure, fresh, lean and elegant low-pressure wines that do not undergo malolactic fermentation. Their delicate chalkiness and vinous quality, make these first-class Champagnes to be served as aperitifs and with fish or seafood." (WA)

"(45% pinot meunier, 35% chardonnay and 20% pinot noir; lot 2324DV123): Light, bright yellow. Smoky pear skin, redcurrant and floral scents are lifted by a chalky mineral nuance. On the palate, sappy red berry and orchard fruit flavors are accented by a bracingly bitter jolt of blood orange. Clings nicely on the finish, leaving anise and honeysuckle notes behind." (VM)

"A bold Champagne on the nose with fresh-cut button mushroom, earthy notes, some light spices, citrus, red berries and dried woody elements. It shows the dominant (45%) pinot meunier composition. The palate has an impressive core of acidity on entry, then rolls out very savory, weighty and finally nutty to close. Drink now." (JS)

"This nonvintage Brut epitomizes the fruit of Pinot Meunier and the more structured character of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It is balanced, full of white fruit and touches of apricot, with a lively line of acidity. Drink this bottling now." (WE)

Winery Notes
Besserat de Bellefon uses grapes from the finest locations in the region : Le Mesnil sur Oger, Chouilly, Cramant, Grauves, Fontaine-Denis, Bisseuil, Bassuet, Boursault, Venteuil, Reuil, Verzenay. The three grape varieties are used to make this wine : Pinot Noir for body and power, Pinot Meunier for tender and fruity notes, Chardonnay which adds finesse and delicate aromas.

Tasting notes:
Brilliant straw colour with copper highlights. Fine, persistent froth forming a noticeable ring.

The nose is open, beginning with floral aromas (honneysuckle, acacia) and dried flower notes. The aromatic palette reveals more fruity fragrances such as white peach and mirabelle plum. As the wine opens up, hazelnut and praline notes appear.

On the palate, the initial impact is fresh and lively, and the wine is full- bodied with a very silky structure, in full harmony with the complex aromas. Definite fresh fruit notes of apricot, pineapple, and bush peach. A long and assertive finish, boding well for this elegant and distinguished wine.

Winemaker's advice:
To be enjoyed at all times. It will be at its very best with roasted poultry, white meats, served with sauce or wild fowl.