Located between Château Thierry and Epernay in the Champagne region, Bernard Mante is an independent producer making seven varieties of champagne. He approaches the cultivation of grapes and winemaking in a way that produces superior product with the least possible ecological consequences, and was a pioneer in planting between vine rows to control erosion and fertilize the soil as well as what has come to be known as integrated pest management. An avid gardener as well, he applies the same care to his garden. The results are spectacular for both. First Vine is the first U.S. importer of Bernard Mante champagnes. Champagne is made from three different grapes, the Pinot Meunier, which gives fruitiness, Pinot Noir, providing the body and structure, and Chardonnay for elegance and finesse. Each of the individual champagnes is a blend of these grapes to varying extents. The Brut Grande Reserve is kept in the cellar longer than the Brut, and is rounder and more full-bodied, with more complex fruit flavors. It's really a fabulous blend with everything you're looking for in a premium champagne. Try it as an aperitif, with meals, or with desserts. This one does it all!
Alaska, California, Virginia, and Washington DC
||Champagne Bernard Mante, Trélou-sur-Marne
||Now or hold up to 3 years
||12% alcohol by volume
A fabulous aperitif, try it also with poultry, seafood, cheeses, and desserts.