Champagne Louis Brochet NV Rosé Heritage

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Brut Rosé is 70% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Meunier. Pinot Noir red wine from Mont Benoit is added for colour. 65% of the blend is from the 2018 vintage, the rest is reserve wine from a solera started in 2010, spending nearly 3 years on lees, disgorged in Feb 22. This is not the frivolous style of Champagne Rosé, rather it is grown up and complex with roundness, to compliment its elegant wild strawberry compote notes on the nose.

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Maturity

Drink 2022 - 2027

Viticulture

Conventional

Size / ABV

Standard Bottle 75cl / 12.5%

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The Producer

Champagne Louis Brochet

Champagne Louis Brochet

Noble Grape continues its quest for the best and affordable grower Champagnes.

Louis Brochet was founded in Ecueil in the Montagne de Reims in 1881, the heart of Champagne's Pinot Noir country, and now run by the 5th generation of the family, brother and sister Louis and Hélène Brochet. With some recent acquisitions including the prestigious Mont Benoit cru, the estate now has 13 hectares of vines spread across 50 separate parcels.

Brochet is proud of their Pinot Noir vineyards in Ecueil, from selection massale that was made in the 19th century by the founder Marie Arsene Brochet. These specially selected vines contribute 75% of the Champagnes of Louis Brochet: what they call 'Pinot Noir d'Ecueil'.

What we admire about these wines is their maturity and elegance. Each wine is properly aged in the cellar, with judicious use of reserve wine from their solera, and up to 3 years sur latte for the non-vintage range.

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Growers' Champagnes

What is Grower Champagne and Why Should I Care?

Champagne doesn't seem to follow the the same rules as every other fine wine producing region. In most places, the quality end of the market is dominated by grower/producers, I.e. the guy that grows the grapes makes the wine. It makes sense that it should be this way, certainly when quality control of grapes is the overriding factor in making fine, or at least very good wine. Champagne however, has always been the other way around. This region is vastly dominated by the Champagne Houses, those producers that may or may not have famous names on the label, and buy their grapes in the main from grape growers.

The latest figures from 2018 show that 72.7% of Champagne is from the Champagne Houses (we'll call them the negociants from hereon), 18.2% from grower/producers (vignerons) and 9.2% from co-operatives. What is surprising is that the figure for the vignerons' share of the market is in decline from a peak in 2008 of 25% of the market. Also in decline is the number of vignerons, currently standing at 4,159 - down by 112 from 2017. Even more surprising is that on export markets the figure for market share of vignerons is even lower: in the UK, for example, the biggest export market in the world for Champagne, they represent a mere 1.2%. Compare this to France where they have 32%.

What do the French know that we don't?

Well, for a start, the French have much less reliance on branded Champagnes from the negociants. It would seem that they have more confidence in their palates, letting the wine do the talking. In the UK wine trade we pride ourselves on finding and championing the best of what is available, but when it comes to Champagne, it appears we are letting ourselves down.

Should it really matter who grows the grapes? The unsatisfying answer to that one is 'it depends'. It depends, of course, on the skill of the grower, his desire to produce quality, and where his/her vines are grown. Champagne is a complex region of hills, valleys, with varying expositions and soil types. Added to that is the complexity of the grape variety blend, trellising method, harvest date, etc.

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At Noble Grape we source our Champagnes like any of our wines - we seek out quality, value, and authenticity of style. We favour Growers Champagnes, but we are not strict about that. We do stock a few of the big names, but those that are family owned and fit our ethos of quality over branding and lifestyle.

The highlights from our range include Pierre Gimonnet which is a grower based in Cuis in the Cotes de Blancs, where Chardonnay is king. Gimonnet makes a style of wine that is as close to 'dry' as possible for a Brut, with elegance and purity. René Geoffroy is another grower we favour whose vineyards in Cumieres tend to prefer Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Elsewhere, we work with Beaumont de Crayeres, a leading co-operative, and Billecart Salmon whose wines we admire very much for their raciness and body.

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