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Champagne Domaine Les Monts Fournois Grande Vallee Mareuil Sur Ay De Luxe Extra Brut Premier Cru NV Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Domaine Les Monts Fournois Grande Vallee Mareuil Sur Ay De Luxe Extra Brut Premier Cru NV

“This is first and foremost a terroir project,” says Raphaël and Vincent Bérêche. It is, indeed. An expression of a piece of the Montagne de Reims by genius winemakers and their talented, up-and-coming winemaker cousin, this is truly a deal not to be missed. This price literally cannot be beat…and this winemaking family is one of the best and most coveted in the biz.



Time on Lees: 76 months
Disgorgement Date: September 2022
Dosage: 5.6 g/L
Score: 93

Why We Love It...

Most everyone who loves Champagne knows brothers Raphaël and Vincent Bérêche of Bérêche et Fils, and the delicious (and expensive) wines that they make, such as Reflet d’Antan! They have been a dominant family in the grower movement for many years now, being recognized as some of the best producers in all of Champagne. But now, the spotlight turns to another stellar family member of the Bérêche family – Juliette Alips – cousin of Raphaël and Vincent. Growing up in this incredible Champagne family fueled Juliette’s passion for Champagne and winemaking, where she also sought out the mentorship of her famous cousins. This Champagne – from vineyards in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and the neighboring town of Aÿ, just south of Montagne de Reims – is magnificently full, lush, and ever so fine, with remnants of chalky and spiced elements from the terroir of the same characteristics.

Mareuil is often touted as the top Premier Cru village for Champagne, growing some of the finest structured and richly complex pinot noir grapes the region has to offer, and considered by many top experts to be virtually indistinguishable from its Grand Cru cousin in Aÿ. With its southern-facing slopes, clay and chalk soils, and cooling influence from the Marne, the grapes develop with full flavors, whip-dry texture, and supreme elegance. The cepage here is 70% pinot noir, 20% chardonnay, and 10% pinot meunier, all pulled from other distinguished growers in the area. 

Juliette may have been born to a great grower family, but it was her tenacity and interest in learning all that she could about making Champagne that led her to oenology school in Beaune followed by stints at notable producers, such as Louis Latour in Bourgogne, G.D. Vajra in Piedmont, and Louis Roederer in Reims, close to her home. The natural next step was starting her own label, Domaine Les Monts Fournois, using her extensive knowledge and network of exquisite growers who farm some of the most legendary vineyards to source fruit for her bottlings.  The project has practically reached cult status already, with wine aficionados speaking in hushed tones about its greatness…as well as its scarcity.

This bottle is one of her inaugural releases – but there’s nothing “novice” or “beginner” about it. It sat for 75 months on the lees and is part of a miniscule production of only 5000 bottles. Her relentless passion for excellent Champagne shines through in this well-structured and energetic Premier Cru “De Luxe” Non-Vintage, offering up striking aromas, a vibrant mousse, and a mouthwatering texture. Notes of fresh orange blossom and lemon meringue pie lead the explosive front, followed with haste by slivered almond, salted lemon, ground coriander, lemongrass, summer peaches, salty sea spray, and a backbone of titillating acidity. With only 5.6 grams of dosage, it is steely yet crisp on the palate, filling the mouth with lively abandon, like a psychedelic dream carrying you from fleshy fruits to zesty citrus to explosive florals to spritzy ocean essences. This 93-point beauty is one to behold and enjoy endlessly – the only recommendation we have is to get ‘em while they’re hot…and this Champagne is going to be hot for a very, VERY long time. Mark my words. 


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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Vallée de la Marne
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: Pinot noir, chardonnay, and pinot meunier
Winemaker: Juliette Alips
Alcohol: 12.5%

About the Producer

Champagne Domaine Les Monts Fournois, founded by Juliette Alips, who was born into a grower champagne family. With the help of her cousins, Raphaël and Vincent Bérêche, she discovered and learned the art of producing champagne, from farming to vinification, tasting, and blending. Located in the north part of the Montagne de Reims, in the sub-area called La Grande Montagne, the Premier Cru Les Monts Fournois will be the focus of the Domaine.

Champagne Domaine Les Monts Fournois Grande Vallee Mareuil Sur Ay De Luxe Extra Brut Premier Cru NV




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