This sweeter style was reintroduced to satisfy the demand from markets where a semi-dry champagne was required to pair with desserts or wedding cake or for those with a sweeter palate. In all other regards it is a replica of the Brut Réserve.
Rich NV is a precise replica of Brut Réserve NV being blended from 30 still base wines from different vineyards, different vintages and the three main grape varieties which dominate the champagne region: Pinot Noir contributes body, depth of character and lifeextending tannins and comes from the villages of the Montagne de Reims – Verzy, Verzenay, Mailly, Ambonnay, Mardeuil and Louvois; Chardonnay provides the lightness, elegance and finesse and is drawn from Epernay itself and the villages of the Côte des Blancs – Cuis, Oiry, Oger, Vertus, Moussy and Chouilly; Pinot Meunier supplies youthful freshness, vigour and plump character with the grapes coming from the Vallée d’Epernay – Vincelles, Venteuil, Troissy, Damery, Vandières, Brugny, Chavot, Monthelon and Pierry. What makes Rich NV different from Brut Réserve is the increased dosage of 34 g/l of sugar which makes it the perfect drink for occasions when something a little less dry is called for.
The nose opens with beguiling hints of beeswax and apricot which are repeated on the palate and reinforced with notes of acacia honey. Despite the sweetness it is remarkably refreshing and the acidity cuts right through the heart of the champagne leaving the palate cleansed. This would be the perfect toast to serve with wedding cake but equally it complements tarts and crumbles.
Rich NV is available in 75cl bottles.
Guide des vins Bettane et Desseauve 2017 : 16 / 20
Le Guide des meilleurs vins de France 2016 : 15 / 20
Gault & Millau 2016 : 16 / 20
Vinous 2015 : 90 / 100
Wine Enthusiast : 90 / 100