Strange as it may sound, this 'Brut Tradition' is an ‘assemblage’ of 100% Pinot Noir cuvees. 25% is from what Bertrand Brigandat calls the 'cuvee reserve', wine from previous vintages set aside for blending purposes. While so much Champagne these days tastes of under-ripe fruit and yeast, this 'blanc de Noir' is a real wine, with finesse and elegance. The roundness of the Pinot fruit is balanced with a bright acidity, and the soft pearl of the bubbles brings up aromas fresh and floral.
It has taken the world a long time to look, and even longer to see what can be done in the southern extremities of the Champagne region. But eyes are wide open these days as young producers like Bertrand Brigandat are in the forefront of a small-production Champagne revolution. This Brut Tradition is an ‘assemblage’ of Pinot Noir cuvees. 25% is from their Cuvee Reserve, wine from previous vintages set aside for blending purposes.