L. Bénard-Pitois Brut Réserve

There aren’t many champagne producers that offer the chance to trade up from the entry NV for such a tiny outlay. With a larger representation of chardonnay and an extra year in the cellar, this is a big step up: a champagne of pristine freshness, fruit purity and soft minerality. Crunchy pear and apple fruit are the focus, delivering exacting definition, concentration and surprising persistence, with a subtle touch of honey, enlivened with fresh, vibrant acidity. A friendly, fruit-focused style, and one of the bargains of the year.