This we week head north to the village of Ludes in the Montagne de Reims. Here, bothers Raphaël and Vincent have taken over their father’s estate, Béréche et Fils. Continuing in his tradition, corks (rather than crown caps) are used as much as possible for sealing the bottles during secondary fermentation, allowing more air exchange and adding complexity to the wines. Fun fact! You can tell if your champagne was fermented under cork by looking at the lip of the bottle. If it is square on both the top and bottom (not rounded) that bottle was aged under cork. Three-fourths of the Béréche wines are vinified in barrel, all avoid malolactic fermentation and every bottle is hand disgorged. The result? Full flavored wines of depth, complexity structure and a sense of place. A true labor of love.
About the Bridgetown Collective
Local winery Antica Terra has partnered with some of Portland’s best wine-savvy restaurants to have bottles from OUR cellars shipped to YOUR door. Specially curated bottle selections will be part of a theme (producer, wine type, vintage, etc) and include some rare and hard-to-find gems. Selections will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis and can be shipped nationwide.