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Champagne Emmanuel Brochet

Emmanuel Brochet is one of my favourite growers in Champagne.⁣

📍Located in small 1er cru of Villers-aux-Noeuds in Montagne de Reims just 3km south from Reims where he farms a single vineyard. That is south-eastern facing 2.5 ha lieux-dit of Lemont Benoit sitting on a chalky bedrock with a chalky clay topsoil. Planted with all 3 major grapes. Oldest vines from 1962, but big part replanted in 1986 and 2003, 2006.⁣

He's started transitioning to organic since 2002 when he bottled his 1st wine. With low yields 6-8 tons/ha and using mostly coeur de cuvée (best part of 1st pressing) he produces less than 10K bottles a year making his wines a real collectibles.⁣

📖His wines are barrel fermented, now with indigenous yeasts. Stopped malo for vintage wines which are monovarietal: Chard and Meunier. Pinot Noir is yet to be released. Vintage wines see longer lees aging (5yrs) and come from the oldest vines (1962). Bottling for 2nd fermentation just before the next harvest. Low on sulphur and dosage (prefers MCR).⁣

🍾Flagship wine is NV blend of all 3 grapes. Proportions may vary. Usually a blend of 80% base year and 20% of the previous. With 2015 started adding multiple reserve wines to the blend.⁣

🧐Recent release states NM on the label suggesting that Emmanuel now can also purchase grapes from others.⁣

@emmanuel.brochet is a very passionate artisan and just a very nice person.⁣

Reflecting on Lemont Benoit NV 🏅93
I tasted from different releases (base 2015-2012) I love them all, maybe the one with 2013 base stands out just a little. Always vinous, perfectly balanced. Floral, ripe, hint of oak and nutty touch. Complex, big and with long lasting finish. ⁣

Les Hauts Meuniers 2012 🏅94
100% Meunier. No dosage. Floral, fruity and full of red berries, brioche.⁣

Haut Chardonnay 2010 🏅94
100% Chard. Stony mineral, graceful, but generous.
Stas Medvedev