between heaven and earth

Entre ciel et terre franchise bedel brut naturewith just a couple of years in the bottle, the flavours are much more integrated than when the wine was first released. The characteristic long term sur-lie of a Francoise Bedel wine took a backseat but remained as the backbone of the cuvee, allowing the fruit flavours of the vintage (2002) to shine – a contrast to their Dis, Vin Secret and Origin’elle. All their wines need time in the glass, or if you can be bothered (like I do), open the bottle an hour before serving and keep it cold in an ice bucket. And no typical champagne flutes please.

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N.V. Francoise Bedel Entre Ciel et Terre, Champagne, France

Francois Bedel Entre Ciel et Terre N.V. Brut Nature, Champagne
A stronger shade of yellow compared to Diebolt Vallois’ Blanc de Blancs. Bright lemon core with finer bubbles. Not a very fruit forward Champagne on the nose and palate. Very Dry. Yeasty, freshly baked brioche, fresh unripe ciku and mandarin peel on the nose. A slight bitterness on the palate reminded me of orange or lemon pith; precise and linear. Lots of tart Granny Smith. Med+ acidity and length. A food wine that I have always loved ever since I was introduced to it by AK. An acquired taste, this one. Almost all Pinot Meunier in the blend, if not a 100%.