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Autumn 2019

Champagne Côte des Blancs

Dear Customer,

Beautiful purple and gold hues surround us at this time of year. The vines are adorned in these intense colours, while the preserved forest of the Mountagne de Reims welcomes porcini mushroom and chestnut lovers.

Fall is also an exciting time for our estate as the season traditionally sees the publication of articles and guides dedicated to wine.

This year, we were overjoyed to learn of the numerous awards received by our cuvée RÉSERVE: 14.5/20 in Le Point, 90/100 in the in the Irish newspaper The Sunday Times and one star in the Guide Hachette 2020. And, to form a glorious Trio, CARTE BLANCHE and MILLÉSIME 2012 were also assigned a star in this latest edition !

This excellent news invites you to the best, sharing as usual the great Champagne moments of your end of the year with the Premier Cru L. Bénard-Pitois vintages.

So, it’s time to start preparing for the year-end holidays. We hope they are joyful for you and your loved ones !

Regards,

Michelle et Laurent Bénard-Louis

  • From generation to generation
  • A vineyard, countries
  • Know-how

From generation to generation...

In 1878, the Bénard-Pitois family starts to produce Champagne. Since then, a consistent drive has been passed on through generations : working the soil and the vine with respect, patience and precision.

Third generation of winemakers in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ (just a few kilometers from the city of Epernay), Michelle and Laurent Bénard-Louis have continued the tradition and taken care of the family domain's management since 1991. Many extensions and renovations mixing tradition and modernity set the tempo of life in the domain.

Passionate about their work and connected to its multiple sides, Michelle and Laurent use their expertise and their talent to elaborate high-quality Champagne wines appreciated in France and abroad.

While waiting for the fourth generation...

A vineyard, multiple lands

Champagne Côte des Blancs Champagne Grande Vallée de la Marne

Our classified Grand Cru (Great Growth) or Premier Cru (First Growth) vineyard of 9.5 hectares is located on the hills of 6 villages in the Great Marne Valley and the Côte des Blancs (Slope of the Whites) : Avenay Val d'Or, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Mutigny, Bergère-les-Vertus, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger.

Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay blossom on a calcareous soil specific to the area. The wine-growing is called "integrated", which means more environment-friendly.

Supported by vines that are 25 years old on average, grapes show the best of our plots' and varieties' potential.

Observe, Understand, Enrich...

The different steps for the elaboration of Bénard-Pitois Champagnes are constantly evolving.

The harvest begins when the winemaker observes that the grape has reached its full maturity. Selected daily depending on plots and places, the grape is sorted and slowly pressed to protect its whole aromatic potential.

The elaboration in small tanks is completed with an ageing in oak barrels for the Chardonnay. The blend is a crucial step for the Champagne's quality. Understand its details by combining expertise, experience and intuition is then essential.

Finally, the ageing for several years in the darkness of our cellars enriches our different batches.

Whether it is the pressing during the harvest, the blend of "Clear Wines" or the ageing in a cellar, each step can always be perfected.

  • The classic champagnes
  • The champagnes of exception

The classic champagnes

Brut
Carte Blanche

Brut
Réserve

Brut
Rosé

In magnum

Brut Rosé

In jéroboam

Brut Réserve

The champagnes of exception

In bottle

Demi-Sec
Gourmandine

Brut
Nature

Brut
Rosé LB

Brut
Millésime 2012

Brut Millésime
Blanc de Blancs
2008

In magnum

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Brut Millésime
2009

Brut Millésime
Blanc de Blancs
2009

Brut Réserve

60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay

Nobility of the blend, partial vinification in the wood for the Chardonnay, and high-standard features make the "Cuvée Réserve" the reference Champagne of the House. Savor it on every occasion. Brut Réserve is also available in half-bottles, magnums and jeroboam.

Eye

The beautiful golden robe with light amber sparkles is perfectly clear. The active effervescence supplies a large string of fine bubbles.

Nose

It begins with a smell of fully mature fruits. After exposition to air, a fresh hint of dried fruits appears, and finally, you can smell a touch of honey and sweets.

Mouth

The attack is round and flexible. The mature fruit is mixed with a taste of yellow fruits supported by a light noble bitter taste and a small acid touch.

1 Star in the Guide Hachette des Vins – 2018 Edition

Brut Carte Blanche

75% Pinot Noir, 20 % Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Meunier

It is the perfect expression when the traditional blend of the three Champagne varieties meets a Premier Cru (First Growth) local wine and the precision of a winemaker. A harmonious ensemble that guarantees the success of your aperitifs.

Eye

The effervescence and the delicate bubble brighten up the beautiful pink gold color.

Nose

You smell the citrus fruits (pink grapefruit and a touch of lemon) first. Then come acid hints and finally a touch of sweets (barley sugar, toffee apple)

Mouth

The fruit you smelled lingers in the mouth with hints of red reinette apple and a light noble bitter taste.

2 Stars in the Guide Hachette des Vins – 2018 Edition

Brut Nature

60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay

With no added sugar, this batch is made for enlightened amateurs seeking a Champagne without artifice. Taste it for the aperitif.

Eye

Vivid effervescence, very fine bubbles, pale gold yellow color, limpidity and brightness : everything in the Brut Nature attracts the eye.

Nose

It charms with white flower scents, discreet hints of fruits and a soft vanilla final note.

Mouth

Freshness and intensity prevail, brought by lemon and yellow grapefruit flavors. The final notes surprise with balance and purity.

Silver Medal at the Concours des Vignerons Indépendants 2017

Brut Millésime 2008

80 % Pinot Noir, 20 % Chardonnay

A Champagne for great tastings. You can serve it right now or after a few years in a cellar.

Eye

When you serve it, the vivid effervescence leaves a carpet of fine bubbles on the surface of the wine. The yellow gold color with light pinky reflections is sparkling.

Nose

Fine and delicate. The exposition to air opens with subtle hints of bread and pastries and ends with dried white flowers.

Mouth

Silky and perfectly balanced attack. The aromatic range goes from yellow fruits to eau de vie, cinnamon, soft spices and a hint of dried hay.

Note of 88/100 given by Andreas Larsson for the Tasted 100% Blind – 2017 July

Brut Millésime Blanc De Blancs 2008

100% Chardonnay

Elaborated only with Chardonnay from the reference harvest of 2009. Completely mature today, it will go well with the finest dishes (noble fish, meat and light gravy...)

Available in bottles and magnum bottles

Eye

When you serve it, the vivid effervescence flows into a beautiful string of fine bubbles which enhances the limpid gold color.

Nose

The first expressive scent gives hints of slightly crystallized yellow fruits and Mirabelle plums in syrup. The exposition to air sets cinnamon, grilled, roasting and light tobacco hints free on the final notes.

Mouth

The attack is fresh. The judicious secondary fermentation is a part of the expression of yellow fruit flavors in perfect harmony with the smell. The slightly grilled final hints bring a delicate complexity.

2 Stars in the Guide Hachette des Vins – 2018 Edition

Brut Rosé

50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 15% vinified in red wine Pinot Meunier

This Pink Champagne was predominantly blended with Pinot Noir and its ageing reinforces the impression of power. Ideal for the aperitif or with a slightly acid dessert made from citrus fruit or rhubarb. Brut Rosé is also available in half bottles and magnums.

Eye

The color is intense pink with bright and pure shades of ruby red. The active effervescence supplies a large string of fine bubbles.

Nose

At first, you can smell slightly cooked red berries. When you expose it to air, hints of rose and soft spices stand out, before a touch of Nemours poppy.

Mouth

The wine is rich and expressive with flavors of red grapefruit and a touch of raspberry. This fresh and fruity batch seduces with the quality of its expression..

Gold Medal at the Concours de Mâcon 2016

Brut Rosé LB

85% Chardonnay, 15% vinified in red wine Pinot Noir

Made original by its dominant Chardonnay feature, its elaboration with only one batch and its vinification in wood. For demanding amateur of Rosé, ideal to accompany your meals.

Eye

The delicate effervescence shapes a persistent string of fine bubbles. The beautiful pink color with purple reflections enhances the perfect limpidity of the wine.

Nose

Round and mature, the scents are tied to the ageing. The pastry butter and vanilla smells develop into hints of toffee apple to finish with a touch of licorice.

Mouth

The attack is dominated by freshness. The vanilla and licorice scents linger in the mouth with a clear final note.

Note of 90/100 given by Andreas Larsson for the Tasted 100% Blind – 2017 July

Demi-sec Gourmandine

60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay

The ageing in the wood of the Chardonnay and the semi-dry dosage make a round and expressive Champagne, best appreciated during a meal. And with Asian food, it is a pure delight!

Eye

The foam covers the surface of the wine with very fine bubbles. The pale gold color with light green reflections is crystal-clear.

Nose

Round and expressive, it reveals smells of sugary yellow fruits, hints of citrus and dried fruits and a touch of lemon acid drop.

Mouth

The aromatic expression lingers in the mouth. The acid notes balance perfectly the sugar and maintain the freshness in the end of the mouth.

Gold Medal in the Independent Winemaker Competition of 2012
Quotation in the 2012 guide of the best wines under 20€ of the RVF

Blanc de Blancs Millésime 2009

100% chardonnay

Eye

When you serve it, the vivid effervescence flows into a beautiful string of fine bubbles which enhances the limpid gold color.

Nose

The first expressive scent gives hints of slightly crystallized yellow fruits and Mirabelle plums in syrup. The exposition to air sets cinnamon, grilled, roasting and light tobacco hints free on the final notes.

Mouth

The attack is fresh. The judicious secondary fermentation is a part of the expression of yellow fruit flavors in perfect harmony with the smell. The slightly grilled final hints bring a delicate complexity.

2 Stars in the Guide Hachette des Vins – 2018 Edition

Millésime 2009

80% pinot noir, 20% chardonnay

Eye

When you serve it, the vivid effervescence leaves a carpet of fine bubbles on the surface of the wine. The yellow gold color with light pinky reflections is sparkling.

Nose

Fine and delicate. The exposition to air opens with subtle hints of bread and pastries and ends with dried white flowers.

Mouth

Silky and perfectly balanced attack. The aromatic range goes from yellow fruits to eau de vie, cinnamon, soft spices and a hint of dried hay.

A Champagne for great tastings. You can serve it right now or after a few years in a cellar.

News

At the beginning of the year, we renovated our reception room. The work being completed now, we will be pleased to welcome you for the tasting of our champagnes in a new, comtemporary and bright atmosphere.
The little extra : this room is now accessible to people with reduced mobility.

So, see you soon !


OT EPERNEY Hautvillers

Our house is :

  • open from Mondays to Fridays from 10am to 12am and from 2pm to 5pm
  • open on Saturdays by appointment only
  • close on Sundays and holidays

Please let us know about your visit if possible in order for us to welcome you in the best possible conditions.

We will reveal some of our secrets from the vine to the cellar during the tasting of our batches.

CHAMPAGNE L.BENARD-PITOIS

23 rue Duval  -   MAREUIL-SUR-AŸ
51160 AŸ - CHAMPAGNE

Tel : +33(0)3 26 52 60 28 | Fax: +33 (0)3 26 52 60 12

E-mail : benard-pitois@wanadoo.fr

 

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