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This cuvée is called BB 1843 in homage to the creation date of Maison Besserat de Bellefon.
BB 1843 is an experimental Cuvée where the use of oak in both fermentation and aging adds subtly discreet oaky notes that preserve the purity of the wine. It is the fruit of a unique and very specific method of champagne making that has been perpetuated by Besserat de Bellefon since 1930. This consists of adding less “liqueur de tirage” (a mix of sugar, yeast, and must) at the moment of bottling which creates a lighter, more diaphanous formation of effervescence. The mousse is smooth, creamy, and persistent. A distinctive feature of BB 1843 is the absence of malolactic fermentation.
BLEND: 45% Pinot Noir – 45% Chardonnay – 10% Pinot Meunier
SOURCES: Five Grand Crus: Chouilly – Cramant – Oger – Ambonnay – Mailly-Champagne
Two Premier Crus: Cumières – Mareuil-sur-Aÿ
VINTAGE: Multi-vintage – 2008 – 2009 – 2012
AGEING: Aged in oak barrels – Five years on lees / a minimum of two years after disgorgement
Serve between 10 and 12 ° C. This champagne pairs wonderfully with seared scallops on a base of artichoke in salted Guérande butter or with meats such as a 7 o’clock leg of lamb. Also ideal for dessert with apple and raspberry compote.