CHAMPAGNE BERNARD REMY
Producer: Bernard & Rudy Rémy
Annual Production (of all wines): 250,000 bottles
Capitalizing on the recent upswing in attention for grower Champagne, smaller houses that have been overshadowed by the large grands marques are now gaining more recognition. Bernard Rémy is one such producer. Founded in 1968 in the southerly village of Allemant in the heart of the Cotes des Blancs, Champagne Bernard Rémy debuted on the domestic market in France in the early ‘70s to excellent reviews. With time and success comes expansion, and in 1983, Rémy built his own winery on premise to facilitate the purchase of more hectares of vine in other areas in Champagne.
Now, 50 years after its inception, Rémy holds no less than 11 hectares under vine in prime parcels of Champagne, including Grand Cru areas. Though they are labeled as Négociant Manipulant (NM) and don’t own all the land they source grapes from, Bernard and his son Rudy farm all the vineyards themselves - all of which are under long-term leases. In this way, they’re truly growers, overseeing every step of viticulture, from planting to harvest.
To the Rémy’s land in the Cotes des Blancs and the Sézannais – both of which specialize in production of Chardonnay from limestone soils – they have added hectares in the Aube which are planted to Pinot Noir and in the Vallée de la Marne where the primary cepage is Pinot Meunier. Bernard also bought a piece of land in Vitry le François to add more diversity of soil structure to his Chardonnays.
Rudy began working under the tutelage of his father in 1996, and completely took the helm at Champagne Bernard Rémy in 2008. Still though Bernard is never too far from sight. This father-son collaboration now offers a fine range of local, Grand Cru, vintage, and rosé Champagnes that combine richness with subtlety, refinement with delicacy. The sophistication of the wines and approachable price points highlight Champagne Bernard Rémy’s persistent quest for perfection in each aspect of their product.
CARTE BLANCHE BRUT
Varietal: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay,
90 pts and Silver Medal, 2019 Decanter
World Wine Awards - Carte Blanche NV
2019 Silver Medal Concours Mondial de Bruxelles - Carte Blanche NV (no note)
2 stars Hachette - Carte Blanche NV
GRAND CRU BRUT
2019 Gold Medal Concours Mondial de Bruxelles - Carte Blanche NV (no note)
Commended DWWA 2016 - Grand Cru NV
Varietal: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Varietal: Pinot Noir (12% from Bouzy),
Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier
Bronze Medal, 2019 Decanter World Wine