Bret Brothers La Soufrandière - ‘La Carbonnode’
Vin de France, Burgundy, France
La Carbonnode is a genuinely unique cuvée and a fantastic result of the Bret Brothers use of carbonic maceration. This enticing outside the box wine is made from whole cluster fermentation has a slight orange tint and a zesty and expressive nose.
The vines are grown in a sheltered east-facing parcel at the foot of the Roche de Vergisson called La Bonnode (a fossilised coral reef overlooking the famous terroirs of Saint Veran and Pouilly-Fuissé). Grapes are hand-harvested with a nine-day maceration in a closed tank, then pressed, with fermentation finishing in old oak.
Jean-Guillaume and Jean-Philippe Bret loved coming for holidays to their grandparents vineyard as chldren. This love led them to decide to study viticulture and oenology. Having gained experience in the wider wine world for eight years, they returned to Burgundy and took over La Soufrandiere in 2000. The started their own label, Bret Brothers, in 2001.
Before the return of the two young men, the grapes at la Soufrandiere were sold to the cave cooperative. This was stopped in 1998 in preparation for the change in direction envisioned by the two brothers. The estate was converted to organic viticulture in 2003. Their aim is to make great wines that express the terroir, primarily from Chardonnay.
Their ambitious objective adheres to rigorous specifications, using small plots of old vines farmed by passionate vignerons on specific terroirs. This allows them to choose the best grapes from soils they wish to express. The commissioned grapes are hand harvested by the two brothers themselves. Many of the vines are old, with some up to 50 years of age. This drives the intensity of flavour that they consistently produce.
Since the 2013 vintage, they have been expanding their range with the fine wines from the Beaujolais region (Fleurie and Morgon), magical terroirs too long overlooked. They select small plots of old vines being worked by enthusiastic wine-growers, on very specific terroir.