DOMAINE BRAZILIER "methode trad" brut
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this champagne method sparkling wine is made from 50% chenin and 50% pineau d’aunis. it is a lovely bubbly that will impress all manner of wine snobs. according to robert parker's wine advocate: "when i last (and first) wrote up jean and benoit brazilier’s wine (issue 178) i couldn’t even correctly place the vendomois in touraine, but not only have i learned a thing or two since about loire geography, i’ve also come to realize that the braziliers render some of the fines values in france." (08/10)
about the producer
owner, jean braziler, has a tire-fitter’s grip of a handshake. his son benoît represents the seventh generation of braziliers to have worked vineyards in thoré-la-rochette. he joined his father in 1997 and although only in his mid-thirties is the current head of the local wine growers syndicate. together, they farm 25 hectares of vines, a significant holding in these parts. ten of these are family owned and mostly replanted by jean himself over the past 25 years. in total, fifteen hectares are under the appellation coteaux du vendômois, but they also produce vin de pays using sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot blanc and some gamay. for the appellation wines, they tend four hectares of chenin blanc, five of pineau d’aunis and seven of cabernet franc. there are also a couple of hectares of pinot noir planted too. the vineyard is entirely grown biodynamically (no pesticides and all native yeast fermentation). jean, the father is still involved but his son benoit is making the wines. all of their wine is produced in caves carved out of the limestone hillsides during the 12th century.