Jean-Marc Brocard Saint-Bris 2017
Jean-Marc Brocard learned the art of the vine with Emile Petit, his stepfather, and his cousin, P’tit Louis. In 1973, Jean-Marc Brocard chose to settle in Préhy and build his own Domaine in the middle of vineyards. Over the years, the quality of the wines of Jean-Marc Brocard has been recognized in France and around the world. Jean-Marc’s son, Julien Brocard, moved back to the family estate in the mid 90s after earning a degree in engineering, with a different outlook on the vine and its environment. Nowadays, a large part of the vineyard is cultivated according to the practices of organic and biodynamic farming.
Saint Bris was granted AOC status in 2003. It is an Auxerre wine which is appreciated for its freshness and appetizing aromas. It is the only white wine in Burgundy which can be made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. This 2017 captures some of the typical characteristics of Sauvignon offering a touch of grassiness and a strong aromatic presence of citrus oils. There’s a clear resemblance to Chablis in the wine’s mineral character of wet rocks and sharp cheese. Crisp and full of lively acidity, and carries enough substance to be relatively versatile on the table.