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 Millesime 2008 champagne is made mostly from Pinot Meunier with some Chardonnay to refine its flavor, and a little more Pinot Noir than usual to add structure. It's luscious, with crisp, fruity notes and a fruit and floral finish. Each year M. Mante selects grapes that could become vintage champagne. Will 2012 or 2013 be the next one? Only time will tell! For now, enjoy the 2008 for its superb character.
Alaska, California, Virginia, and Washington DC
||Champange Bernard Mante
||Now or hold up to 8 years
||Alc. 12% by volume
Perfect as an aperitif, with desserts, or with anything you'd serve with a white wine (poultry, fish, seafood, creamy sauces).