We wanted to offer a little toast of Champagne for the pending weekend. Initially founded in 1843 by Edmond Besserat, Besserat De Bellefon is one of the great historic sites in Champagne. In 1927, Edmond Besserat, a grandson of the founder, married Yvonne de Meric de Bellefon, who came from another prestigious Champagne family, and the house of Besserat de Bellefon Champagne was created. Located in Épernay, Besserat de Bellefon is currently part of the Lanson-BCC Group’s portfolio of Champagnes and produces about 40,000 cases of the Cuvée des Moines range.
I think that it is generally challenging to find great value Champagnes and the new releases by Bellefon fit that mold. The house relies on the winemaking talents of Cédric Thiébault, who joined Besserat de Bellefon in 1999 and spent seven years learning Besserat’s style of Champagne before becoming winemaker in 2006. What is particularly unique about these Champagnes is that they are produced at only 4.5 atmospheres of pressure across the range rather than the standard 6. They are lithe, light on their feet and are great for pairing with food. Learn more about these great Champagnes at http://besseratdebellefon.com/en Here are the awesome new Champagne releases by Besserat De Bellefon.
NV Besserat De Bellefon ‘Cuvee Des Moines’ Champagne- A silky mousse shows off this classy champagne by Bellefon. Aromatics of kiwi, kumquat and Meyer lemon with unripe pear show impressive range. The wine has a gorgeous texture leading to pink grapefruit, nectarine rind, Granny Smith apple and brioche flavors. This will drink beautifully over the next decade, as this Cuvee is an awesome value out of Champagne. Drink 2017-2027- 92
NV Besserat De Bellefon ‘Cuvee Des Moines’ Rose Champagne- This excellent Rose Champagne starts with aromas of brioche, red cherry, and guava. There are bright flavors of watermelon, red cherry, and Mandarin orange rind. The citrus aspect adds to the astringency, as the salinity of the wine rounds out the long-lasting finish. The mousse is lovely as is the creamy texture and lithe minerality. This focused Rose Champagne will cellar beautifully for a decade or more. Drink 2017-2027- 92