Jean-Marc Brocard Bougros Chablis Grand Cru 2012
Mineral on the nose with some smoky brioche notes. Elegant and concentrated palate with flavours of stone fruit, real texture and grip, and a lingering finish.
Jean-Marc Brocard is one of the leading producers in Chablis. A farmer's son from the Cotes d'Or, he married a vignerons daughter from St Bris-le-Vineux in the Yonne, in the heart of Chablis country. He learnt viticulture and oenology from an old vigneron called Louis Petit who instilled in him a respect for tradition and terroir (wine is of the place, its essential character lies in the vineyard) but to take on and practice modern methods.The domaine of Jean-Marc Brocard began as just one hectare and has since expanded to 200 hectares, of which eighty are biodynamic. The approach is one of minimal intervention in both vineyard and winery: cultivation is practically organic throughout, with ploughing in place of herbicides, predators instead of pesticides, manure rather than fertiliser, and as little spraying as the grapes’ health requires. The results are pure, unadorned expressions of the great chalk slopes of Chablis.
From the westernmost area of the grands crus, these thirty-year-old vines have a southern exposure and grow on Kimmeridgian soil: alternating layers of limestone and clay/marl. Viticulture is chemical-free.
The grapes were pneumatically pressed before undergoing temperature controlled fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Malolactic fermentation was completed and the