NV-C Bertrand-Delespierre 'Enfants de la Montagne' 1er Cru Extra Brut, Champagne, France (750ml)
A Quarterly Sparkling Wine Club Selection
This small grower-producer Champagne has a pale golden hue with a light, frothy mousse. The nose shows red apple skin, butter poached pear, a touch of spice and hint of black walnut. The palate shows stony minerality, more baked yellow apple, quince, persimmon, a touch of wet stone and hints of oat bread. The medium ﬁnish is bursting with mouthwatering acidity and a lovely rounded mouthfeel.
Founded by the husband and wife team of Didier Bertrand and Chantal Delespierre, this 24-acre estate is situated in the Montagne de Reims, the heart of the Champagne region, between the cities of Reims and Épernay. Between 2013 and 2016 their children assumed operations, and Bertrand-Delespierre is now run by the young brother-sister team. The totality of Bertrand-Delespierre’s acreage is in Premier Cru vineyards, mostly in Chamery, with a few parcels in the villages of Ville-Dommange, Ecueil and Montbré. The estate is comprised of roughly 10 acres Pinot Noir, 7.5 acres Pinot Meunier, and 7.5 acres Chardonnay. The vines average more than 25 years in age, though there are some prized parcels that are well over 50 years old.
As an independent RM (Recoltant Manipulant = Grower-Producer), Bertrand-Delespierre farms its own vines and produces wines exclusively from estate-grown fruit. Farming is organic—some certiﬁed already, some in transition. It is an artisanal operation at heart and in practice, and the meticulous care taken in the vineyards and winery is evident in the exceptional quality of its Champagnes.
In the winery, grapes are delicately pressed in small lots using a traditional wooden basket press. Didier generally avoids malolactic fermentation to preserve freshness and aromatics, and occasionally employs barrel aging to impart added complexity. Non-vintage Champagnes typically spend 24 months minimum on the yeast sediment from the secondary fermentation, a period referred to as “en tirage”.
Assemblage: 35% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, and 30% Pinot Meunier, with 60% coming from the 2014 Harvest and 40% Reserve Wines (10/11/12/13). The wine spent 24 months en tirage before being disgorged in January 2020. Dosage: 4g/L