Bret Brothers 'La Soufrandiere'
Pouilly Vinzelles AOC, Burgundy, France
Ripe pear aromas with lots of butter and some spice and vanilla and a stony mieral edge. The fruity, full bodied palate bursts with lush, ripe, almost tropical fruits with lemony acid and a long but elegant finish. Organic and Biodynamic wine from Burgundy. Their Chardonnay excels on soils of limestone and clay. They use 100% natural yeasts for fermentation. Old oak is used instead of new, so as not to mask the exceptional fruit within this white wine.
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.
"From a plot of 50-year-old vines, a perfect balance of succulent fruits and bright acidity."
"A lovely example of Pouilly - mineral, focused, real intensity. Clay-limestone soils, whole-berry pressing, barrel fermentation and up to 12 months' maturation in oak. A great food wine, intense but with subtle oak character. Will age 3-5 years."
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.