Represented by Emmanuel Brochet
Today Emmanuel Brochet farms 2.5 hectares of vines, all located in a single parcel within the lieu-dit of Le Mont Benoit in the Montagne de Reims, which lies on Cretaceous-era chalk under about 40 centimeters of chalky-clay topsoil. The parcel is planted with all three major varieties (37 percent pinot meunier, 30 percent chardonnay, 23 percent pinot noir), and the oldest vines date from 1962, although about half the parcel was replanted in 1986, following devastating frosts of the year before.
Brochet is committed to working his vines organically, he stopped using herbicides and insecticides in 2002, and by 2005 he stopped using all synthetic treatments. In 2008 he began the process of organic conversion, certified by Ecocert. While he doesn’t believe that organic viticulture will always necessarily result in better wine, he does it out of respect for the land. “The way I came to organic farming was not through any sort of militant philosophy, but through the pleasure of wine,” he says. “If you take pleasure in what you do, and if your environment gives you pleasure, your work will be better. It’s a question of harmony.” At the same time, he does believe that organic farming has improved the overall quality of his wines. "I find more minerality in the wines," he says, "and a richer expression. The wines are more complex, with more aromas, and the minerality is longer on the palate."
Brochet’s champagnes are marked by a distinctive minerality, more akin to the purity found in Champagnes to the west, rather than the overtly incisive chalkiness of the eastern Montagne de Reims.
Information courtesy of Peter Liem's ChampagneGuide.net ©