Bret Brothers 'Clos de Grand-Père'
Mâcon Vinzelles 'Clos de Grand-Père' AOC , Burgundy, France
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.
"One of the may reasons why Wines Direct achieved The Sunday Business Post Gold star award in the website category of our 2011 wine awards is demonstrated in a wine like this. The lights are always on at Wines Direct, and the wines (many of them personal imports) are excellent. The company is committed to the hippest frontier in Burgundy: the southern Burgundy region of Macon, where this pear and almond-style Macon is produced, with plenty of minerality and lipsmacking citric cut. This boasts a leaner style than many Bret wines, and is perfectly poised for gentle post-festive January sipping."
"Perfectly weighted green fruits, balanced by a mineral note, and a superb, long finish. The oak is barely perceptible; this is a tantalising, fresh but rounded wine. A great all-rounder, a wine to partner most fish, chicken and even pork dishes."
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.