Located in the center of Chablis, the family-run domaine was created in 1973 by Jean Marc Brocard and covers about about 144 hectares of which 66 are certified organic.
Julien Brocard has since joined his father at the reigns of the Domaine, which produces wines from Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru, and Chablis Grand Cru, all with unique Brocard style: strong minerality, opulent structure, chiseled personality.
it involves accurately conveying the terroir, the memory of the soil transmitted from vine to wine, the pure typical characteristics of the Chablis soil with its marine sediments deposited during the Jurassic era.
there is nothing like a structured wine, powerful and long on the palate, to appreciate the complexity of a terroir.
a natural acidity, born of the land’s minerality, gives this wine its signature tautness.
The vines of Chablis are located in a sedimentary basin. This low-lying zone, once under the ocean, was gradually covered by the material that today make up the soil and subsoil of the Chablis wine region.
The subsoil in Chablis is known as Kimmeridgean. "The vineyards of Chablis have one sole religion: the Kimmeridgean," writes Jacques Fanet in his book "Les Terroirs du Vin" published by Hachette.
The Kimmeridgean is a geological age in the Upper Jurassic epoch, around 150 million years ago. In Chablis, one finds subsoils of gray marl which alternate with bands of limestone, sometimes very rich in fossils of Exogyra virgula, a small, comma-shaped oyster that is characteristic of the marl from the Middle and Upper Kimmeridgean.
It is in this very particular subsoil, which in places breaks the surface, that the wines of Chablis draw their unique character, their purity, their sophistication and minerality.
Bourgogne white wines of outstanding quality, the wines of Chablis are made from one single varietal ; Chardonnay. They are sub-divided into four appellations :
- Petit Chablis
- Chablis Premier Cru
- Chablis Grand Cru
These are identified by precisely delimited production zones, and are subject to strict production regulations. Logically, the higher up the hierarchy, the tighter these regulations.
Chablis wines are dry white wines which are characterized by their purity, crispness, sophistication and minerality. The Chardonnay varietal gives results in Chablis unlike anywhere else. It draws its personality and character from a subsoil that is 150 million years old, and ripens in ideal conditions, in a semi-continental climate, which allow it to attain a good balance between sugar levels and acidity.
Today, the area planted in Chablis is just over 5,400ha. In 1955, after the phylloxera crisis in the 19th century which ravaged France's vineyards, then two world wars, Chablis covered no more than 550ha of vine. Nonetheless, not all the appellation's territory is planted as yet: the delimited zone comprises 6,800ha spreading along the valley of the Serein, the river which runs through the wine region from south to north before flowing into the Yonne.
The volumes produced have changed in accordance with the increase in area cultivated, with minor variations due to climatic vagaries. In 2014, the harvest amounted to slightly over 308,000hl, the equivalent of 40 million bottles.
Source : BIVB
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