Friendly, perfumed, intense and bold aromas of peaches, dried apricots and pears, roasted almonds and marzipan. And it keeps on going straight through its 25 second finish – fresh and dried orchard fruits, toasted pastries, wild red cherry peaking through now & then. Aged 5+ years en tirage. Mostly Pinot Meunier with a small amount of Chardonnay. A low 5.5 Grams/Liter dosage on the Francoise Bedel Champagne dis vin secret.
I’ve found a new favorite Champagne producer. Francoise Bedel is on the western edge of Champagne, just 60 miles from Paris. Their wines are predominantly Pinot Meunier. Farming is certified biodynamic on clay with limestone soils. Wines are aged en tirage for longer than average: 5-8 years is common. Low dosage is common. Their importer comments that the Bedel Champagnes need to breathe to shine. While I did not have the time to experience them “opening up,” I can see what he means. I loved the wines just-opened. Can only imaging what they’d be like after a stretch.