2018 Jean-Marc Brocard Montee de Tonnerre Chablis Premier Cru

  • "The Best of The Vintage" ~96 Decanter
  • From 70-Year-Old Vines Famed Kimmeridgian Chablis Soil
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About the Wine

Jean-Marc Brocard is a big name in the wine industry. Born in Côte d’Or, Jean-Marc was raised in a family of farmers, wine runs through his veins. In 1973, he learned the wine biz guided by his stepfather and cousin, and some years later, he settled in Préhy and founded his emblematic winery, Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard. Today, he works with his son, Julien, who joined the team in 1990. Julien has an innovative and sustainable approach to wine, he started the conversion to organic and biodynamic farming and works continually to deliver the highest-quality wines.

These wines perfectly combine traditional winemaking with a more modern approach. The wines are crafted like a classic Chablis, vinified in vats, and aged in neutral large oak foudres for a year before bottling. The Brocard family had made a name for their vivid, classic, mineral, great value Chablis.

Chablis is loved by wine geeks and everyday drinkers alike for its characteristic minerality and finesse. Chablis' distinct terroir is due to a unique soil type found only in Chablis, Champagne, and southern England called Kimmeridgian. An ancient soil, 180 million-year-old to be exact, made up of clay and limestone that contains fossilized oyster shells. These fossilized sea creatures are attributed to Chablis being such an excellent pairing for oysters and fresh seafood. In addition to the minerality.

Tasting Notes: 100% Chardonnay. This wine is pale yellow with green glints. On the nose, this wine offers lemon, yellow fruit, orange peel and green peppercorn. On the palate, notes of citrus (orange and lemon zest) and is a dense, structured wine with wonderful persistence.

Reviews

Did organic viticulture enable the Brocards to deal with the heat of the 2018 vintage? There's certainly no sign of stress or over-ripeness in this beautifully weighted foudre- and stainless steel-fermented Right Bank premier cru, the best of the vintage. Sappy, elegant and refined with a hint of wood spice and a fresh, racy, classically Chablisien finish. The L'Homme Mort 1er Cru scored 95. ~96 Decanter

~96 Tim Atkin, Master of Wine

~92 Andreas Larsson, Sommelier

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