Besserat de Bellefon was founded by Eduard Besserat in 1843. Native of Hautvillers – the village where the monk Dom Perignon 200 years before perfected his “methode champenoise” - Edouard Besserat acquired his great expertise in making Champagne wines to creating wines which he distributed to leading hotels, restaurants and purveyors of fine wines.
Following Edouard the family continued his legacy. His grandsons Victorand dedicated commitment to excellence : an outstanding winemaker and the other a great taster and gifted businessman, both worked to build and increase the renown and the image of the House. Some years later, in 1927, Edmond , married Yvonne de Meric de Bellefon, who came from anot Besserather prestigious Champagne family, and their marriage gave birth to the House of Besserat de Bellefon.
In 1930 the House created a lightly sparkling champagne that could be drunk throughout a meall, the champagne range known today as Cuvée des Moines (Cuvee of the Monks). The introduction of Cuvée de Moines was due to the challenge issued by the owner of ‘’La Samaritaine de Luxe’’ - a then-famous Paris restaurant - to Victor Besserat, to offer his patrons a champagne with a light sparkle, fine froth, great finesse and specially made to drink through a meal. To meet the request, Victor decided to use the ‘’crémant’’ method where the entire grape is pressed and a splendid mousse formed during the secondary fermentation. Not only Victor won the business, but from that moment Cuvée des Moines became the jewel of the House, quickly making its appearance on the greatest tables of Paris of the time, including Maxim’s, Lucas-Carton, La Méditerranée and Prunier.
In 1972 the House introduced the Cuvée des Moines Rosé in 1972 and steady international expansion. Today the tradition of Besserat de Bellefon holds firm as the only exclusive “on-trade” champagne to be found in the most elegant and stylish bars, hotels and restaurants in the world.
Besserat de Bellefon, with its historic Bellefon Château, is on the world-renowned Avenue de Champagne, Epernay, in the heart of the Champagne region. Prior to enter into the Group Boizel Chanoine Champagne in 2006 – which would then become the second largest producer and distributor of champagne in the world, behind luxury products group LVMH – the brand was acquired by Pernot-Ricard group in 1971 and then to the Group Marne et Champagne
Nevertheless, it is thanks to Boizel Chanoine Champagne group – with Bruno Paillard as principal shareholder and with others brands in the portfolio such as Lanson, Chanoine, Boizel, Besserat de Bellefon, Philipponnat, de Venoge – if the House has rebuilt its image : thanks to Lanson’s President, Philippe Baijot, Besserat de Bellefon has reinforced its image linked to the gastronomy, so becoming the specialist retail champagne brand, focusing in traditional networks such as restaurants and wine stores.
In the group, beyond the main brand, Lanson, the most prestigious international brand and the Group’s largest main export, the others have each their own targets and markets : Boizel is the leading French mail-order champagne specialist, Chanoine Frères and Burtin is the large-scale retail champagnes specialist, Philipponat is the restaurant retail champagnes specialist along with Besserat de Bellefon - even though not selling to wine stores as for Besserat de Bellefon - and de Venoge is the specialist in selective retail markets, notably with its Louis XV grande cuvée.
and Edmond later joined the business, inheriting a passion for craftsmanship The estate owns no vineyards, purchasing grapes from 110 communes (among whichLeMesnilsurOger,Chouilly,Cramant,Grauves,FontaineDenis,Bisseuil,Bassuet,Boursault,Venteuil,Reuil,Verzenay) and the house produces approximately 1,300,000 bottles annually, about 40,000 cases of the Cuvee des Moines range. Besserat de Bellefon’s Wine Maker is Cedric Thiebault.
Besserat de Bellefon is part of the Bruno Paillard portfolio, of prestigeous Champagnes and produces Cuvée des Moines is skillfully blended by Besserat de Bellefon is available in three different expressions of the crémant style: Brut, Brut Rosé,Blanc de Blancs and Vintage Brut.
Besserat most renowned champagne range, Cuvée des Moines or Blend of the Monks, was named in honor of the early Benedictine monks who were instrumental in developing the Champagne method. The crémant winemaking technique employs a reduced dosage, which lowers the bottle pressure about one atmosphere, so that the Champagne is soft, creamy and packed with tiny bubbles. Crisp, delicate and fine bubbled but with real character, complexity and subtle depths of flavour Cuvée des Moines is designed, unlike most traditional brut non-vintage Champagne, to be enjoyed throughout a meal. Nevertheless, thanks to the lower dosage resulting in a wine with tiny bubbles, lighter pressure, finer mousse and a creamier texture, Besserat de Bellefon champagnes step up to the mark for any fizz related, even for an aperitif. The House does not use malolactic fermentation so to maintain crisp acidity and a more fruit-forward profile.
This classic (non-vintage) Champagne is produced from wines from a combination of the current vintage and previous vintages (reserve wines), rather than a single year. The art of blending wines from several vintage years ensures that there is consistently a high-quality, elegant wine in every bottle.
At Vinexpo 2013, in Bordeaux, the House has presented its initial Cuvée BdeB, a prestige vintage released in celebration of the house’s 170th anniversary, selectioning the 2008 and 2009 harvest grapes - predominantly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with only 10 percent Meunier - for this classic, creamy, mineral champagne according to Cedric Thiebault, Besserat de Bellefon’s winemaker.
This prestige cuvèe whose only 7,000 bottles are being released has bubbles that are 30 percent finer than other champagnes of its class (Gosset, Ruinart, for example) and about 50 percent barrel aging.
For this Anniversary Cuvée the House affirmed its adherence to quality and tradition by selecting the traditional 18th century style bottle affixed with the family arms.
Launched in occasion of the 170 year anniversary of the House, on September 16, 2013,Besserat de Bellefon Cuvée BdB is beyond a prestige cuvee, a fine and elegant champagne elaborated from the prestigious crus in Oger, Chouilly, Cramant, Cumières, Festigny, Ambonnay, Mailly , Mareuil sur Ay and based on the 5 best historical cuvées of the House.
This 100% Chardonnay (Blanc de Blanc) - all from Grand Cru vineyards coming from the villages of Le Mesnil sur Oger, Chouilly, Fontaine-Denis, Avize, Villers-Marmery - shows a powerful, yet elegant profile of dried white fruits and white flowers.
Launched in 2009, in occasion of a renovation of Besserat de Bellefon image, this Cuvée des Moines Extra Brut is a reference for the « connaisseurs », with crus coming from selected and reknown Grands Crus such as Avize, Bouilly ou Cramant.
The rosè version of the original Cuvéedes Moins, it is obtained through a selection of the original Cuvée des Moins, blended with red wines - 11-14% , whose production is dependent on grape quality - coming from, Les Riceys, Bouzy, Cumières et Vertus.
Made of more than 40 crus, this champagne of high quality is a classic non vintage, nearly mature and rich but also of a great freshness, so to both being ideal for an aperitif or to accompany a meal. The blend is 45 % Chardonnay, 35 % Pinot Noir and 20 % Pinot Meunier.