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Emmanuel Brochet

Emmanuel Brochet - Les Hauts Meuniers 2016, Extra Brut

Emmanuel Brochet - Les Hauts Meuniers 2016, Extra Brut

Lush, vibrant aromas of brioche, caramel, nuts, pears

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Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Meunier
Dosage: Extra Brut
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
1509 bottles produced

The grapes are derived from vines planted in 1962 in a 0.4-hectare plot in the upper part of Le Mont Benoit, where the soil is endowed with calcareous clay-loam. The wine is aged for 11 months in barrels.

The Producer

It is hard not to marvel at what Emmanuel does. He is a first-generation Champagne grower, who broke out of the farming tradition in his family in 1997. With a holding of only a tiny 2.5-hectare in the lieu-dit ‘Le Mont Benoit’ in Villers-aux-Noeuds, Emmanuel opts to cultivate his vines of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier organically and almost entirely by hand, without chemicals, in order to achieve harmony and quality. He works in the cellar with an artisanal approach - pressing his grapes in small batches with a traditional vertical press, using indigenous ambient yeasts, and adding minimal sulphites at the end of the malolactic fermentation. He makes rocking chairs to upcycle his old barrels, and distills gin as a passion project. He is most passionate about his craft in winemaking, and undoubtedly one of the most meticulous, most exceptional winemaker.