Grower Champagne: Albert Beerens

Albert Beerens Champagne

Think of Champagne and a few big names come to mind. However, the Champagne region is teeming with some 15,000 growers, some producing their own wines, while others produce grapes which are then sold onto larger houses.

Some smaller growers who only produce a few thousand cases a year are making stunning Champagne on a much smaller scale, creating wines which truly reflect the terroir.  Many of these Champagnes don’t even make it to the shores of the UK, with many making it only as far as the restaurants of Paris.

Proving that bigger isn’t always better is Albert Beerens, a fantastic producer from the Côte des Bars, 75 miles south-east of the Champagne hub, Epernay.

Where’s it from?

Something of an outpost of the Champagne region, the Côte des Bars was first introduced into the Champagne region in 1911, to much disgust of the producers of the northern parts of Champagne. Today however, things have changed and the area is recognised as the place to source excellent value Champagne of an extremely high quality. The availability of such high quality fruit means it’s often blended into Grande Marque Champagne.

The bright and fruity expressions of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier from the Côtes des Bars area appealed greatly to Charles de Gaulle who was a big fan of this style of Champagne and even retired close by.

What does it taste like?

The Albert Beerens Brut Reserve NV displays a vibrant straw-gold colour with a lively yet subtle mousse. The aromas are complex yet fine and the palate is balanced and round with delicate apple, citrus and peach fruit. The blend is made up of 57% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Noir, this really is excellent fizz for the price.

Rob Pickard
14th December 2011

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