Champagne Bernardin Collection

Champagne Bernardin History

A unique Know-how and a tradition of quality:

When the first family member of Champagne Bernardin decided to grow wine, around 1840, he chose to do so at the highest altitude location of the whole area of Champagne AOC appellation: the village of Trépail, France

The focus of the family has remained the same since the origin, striving for perfection and typicity in the vineyard. Jean-cristophe Bernardin still remembers his grand-father saying: “We want a Champagne with both a deep purity, and great complexity…”

Champagne Bernardin’s lush green vineyard is where the story begins. Each vine has been carefully selected, one by one. For over a century now, Chardonnay dominates with 97% of their Premier Cru vineyard. High altitude and chalky slopes combine to the effect of exceptional purity and minerality in their wines. With a view to keeping minerality in balance, 30% of their crop is removed early and laid to rot on the soil, before the harvest. As a result, the aromas concentrate in the 70% of the fruits left, thus triggering the chain of reactions leading to greater complexity. Furthermore, to obtain the delicious signature yellow-ripen-fruits flavour, they traditionally harvest late, a week or two after all their confreres…

Other Champagne winemakers press a batch of grapes several times. Instead, they only use the first pressing – the cuvée – which gives the best juice, to make their Champagne. Tradition and passion is further demonstrated when they let their wines age in their cellar during a few weeks in oak barrels. It is then drawn off into bottles and aged several years before degustation.

 

Champagne Bernardin Brut Tradition Blanc de Blancs

Country of Origin:  France

Champagne Bernardin Brut Tradition

TASTING NOTE

Appearance / Colour: Pretty clear golden robe. Very persistent fine bubbles.

Nose: Very aromatic, floral, fresh citrus notes, slightly honeyed, and delicate yellow ripened fruits.

Palate: The first sip is mineral, supple, and fresh following by others where you find notes of peach, Mirabelle, brioche. Silky and generous taste note for a little while creamy with a gourmet finish – beautiful symbiosis.

 

FOOD PAIRING

Pairs well with mild and soft cheeses, shellfish, tuna, salmon, pork dishes, white truffle, caviar, and cream based pasta dishes. Any rich dish containing butter or honey also pairs very well, as the acidity of the champagne cuts through the richness of the dish.

 

THE VINEYARD

3 plots of Old Vines (50 YEARS) 1er cru on the south east facing area of Trepail, Champagne, France.

 

GRAPE VARIETIES

100% Chardonnay (Blanc de Blancs)

Champagne Bernardin Brut Tradition - French Champagne
Champagne Bernardin Brut Reserve - French Champagne

Champagne Bernardin Brut Reserve Vintage

Country of Origin:  France

Champagne Bernardin Brut Reserve Vintage

TASTING NOTE

Appearance / Colour: Light golden colour, fine bubbles.

Nose: Starts a little tight on the nose, quite cold with the mandarin orange coming forward, and seems to be quite young, however, the palate shows plenty of white florals notes.

Palate: This champagne has youthful character, but also has some notes that suggest age. Fruits such as apples and pears and then layers of fresh yellow fruits like peach and mandarin. This is really refreshing and has a lightness that dances on the palate. A silky and generous finish … beautiful symbiosis.

FOOD PAIRING

The Champagne Bernardin Brut Reserve Vintage pairs well with oysters, scallops, lobster, fish, light ravioli, fired mushrooms, and roasted chicken.

 

Champagne Bernardin Vintage Blanc de Blancs

Country of Origin:  France

Champagne Bernardin Vintage

TASTING NOTE

Appearance / Colour: Golden yellow colour, translucent and clear. Very fine persistent bubbles.

Nose: Great olfactory complexity with slightly brioche citrus notes. Floral aromas and honeyed vegetal aromas.

Palate: It brings out both richness and minerality with very fine bubbles. This impressive Champagne has moved from fruit to maturity, adding toastiness to its acidity and giving the champagne richness, apricot and peach flavours.

 

FOOD PAIRING

Pairs well with all kind of cheeses (Camembert, Comté). It will enhance delicate textures like those of fine fish (monkfish, sea bass, salmon) or seafood (lobster, scallops), and soft and matured oysters (belon). It likes also slightly crunchy and sparkling textures like those of fish eggs (salmon, trout, Tobiko) or tender meat textures like mature hams or white meats (veal, poultry) and any piece of meat adapted to low temperature cooking.

 

THE VINEYARD

Chalky soils on the south east facing area of Trepail, Champagne, France.

 

Champagne Bernardin Brut Reserve - French Champagne
Champagne Bernardin Brut prestige Rose - French Champagne

Champagne Bernardin Prestige Rosé

Country of Origin:  France

 

TASTING NOTE

Nose: The nose is very fresh and offering an elegant palette of red fruits (strawberries, raspberries).

Palate: On the palate, the attack is fresh with aromas of picked berries: currant, gooseberries, cherries.

These are followed by rose and pomegranate notes which complete the complex, mineral and aromatic profile enhanced by fine bubbles.

 

FOOD PAIRING

The Rosé Champagne pairs very well with canapés, exotic salads, shrimp, smoke salmon, risotto, grilled lobster, raw meats, grilled and roast lamb, pigeon, and red fruits.

 

THE VINEYARD

Chardonnay from Trépail and Pinot Noir from Ambonnay, the pinot meunier is purchased.

 

GRAPE VARIETIES

Chardonnay  40%

Pinot Noir   30%

Pinot Meunier   30%

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