Created in 1847, Champagne Bérèche et Fils now own 9.5 hectares of land, predominantly situated in the Montagne des Reims area. Parents Jean Pierre and Catherine, have now been joined at the family estate by sons Raphaël and Vincent who employ eight people to work full time in the vineyards and winery (although this number rises to 40 during harvest.)
With a philosophy of working with nature rather than against it, no herbicides are used in the vineyards and pesticides are only used when completely necessary. The terroir of the area is of key importance when it comes to assembling the blends and for this reason malolactic fermentation is supressed and the minimum amount of dosage is used in order to preserve both the balance of the wine and its sense of place.
Champagne Bérèche et Fils own vineyards based in three identifiable parcels. In the Montagne de Reims they have plots in Ludes 1er Cru, Chigny Les Roses 1er Cru, Trépail 1er Cru and Ormes, which are planted to all three grape varieties. In the Vallée de la Marne they have land in the crus of Mareuil le Port and Festigny. These areas are planted to pinot meunier and chardonnay.
Bérèche et Fils is firmly convinced of the superiority of tirer à liege, where the second fermentation takes place under cork rather than capsule. They believe that this allows slightly more oxygen to get to the wine during the second fermentation, resulting in a Champagne with finer bubbles and seamless texture.