Edmond Besserat founded Besserat Champagne in Aÿ in 1843 and eventually handed the reins to his grandsons. In 1927, Edmond Besserat (one of the grandsons), married Yvonne de Meric de Bellefon, who came from another prestigious Champagne family, and the house of Besserat de Bellefon was born. The house is known for producing Champagne in the crémant style, which employs a reduced dosage in order to lower the bottle pressure and yield a soft, creamy texture and fine bubbles. While this approach produces light and lithe Champagnes made from only 4.5 atmospheres of pressure (as opposed to the standard 6), we selected this ‘Grand Tradition’ brut to feature in the club, which actually differs from the general house style. Today, Besserat de Bellefon is part of the Lanson-BCC Group’s portfolio of prestigious Champagnes and sources its grapes from the finest locations in the region including Le Mesnil sur Oger, Chouilly, Cramant, Grauves, Fontaine-Denis, Bisseuil, Bassuet, Boursault, Venteuil, Reuil and Verzenay.
Notes of almond, hazelnut and Mirabelle plum greet you on the nose of this delightful blend of 45% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier. The slight toastiness on the nose dissipates onto a fairly clean and green palate exhibiting flavors of green raspberry, lime and Granny Smith apple. The extra fine bubbles lends this Champagne a feeling of refinement and finesse, and the long and lingering finish hints at freshly baked apple galette. This is an effortlessly enjoyable style on its own, yet it would accompany a cheese and seasonal fruit plate quite well!