Fourth generation brother and sister team Louis and Helene are at the now at the helm of this estate nestled in the vines of Ecueil. The first Louis Brochet made his first Champagne in the early 1900’s from vines planted by his mother a generation earlier. They now farm 13ha spread over two distinct geographic zones. The first and more commonly know is the Montagne de Reims and the villages of Ecueil, Sacy, and Villers aux Noeuds. The second zone is the Valée de l’Arde and its pretty hillside vineyards on the terroirs of Branscourt, Mery-Premecy and Treslon. They farm 50 plots in total and the predominant soils vary but mostly consist of clay, sandy loam over chalk.
Certified in Sustainable viticulture (VDC) and High Environmental Quality (HVE), the mission of Champagne Louis Brochet is to preserve the land, the health of the vines and protecting the environment. There are never any chemical insecticides or herbicides used. Covercrops are promoted between the vineyards and only organic fertilizers are used in the vineyards. As with many producers of similar mindset, the health and wellness of the vineyards if put in front of the commercial demand to produce grapes. This can most recently be seen in the results of the 2021 harvest. Decisions to stay committed to their faming ethos rather than try desperately to save their harvest resulted in loss of almost all of their grapes. Luckily their ample reserves helped bolster an almost lost vintage and continue to create blends of the highest quality.
A seat in the secluded tasting room reveals a sweeping view of the surrounding vineyards as well as glass after glass of breathtaking Champagne. Louis, the current winemaker, has found his craft and expertly produces wines that speak of intense focus on his art. Pinot Noir makes up 80% of the wines that fill the barrels, tanks and clay vessels of the cellar. Ever the experimenter, there is always something new brewing to contemplate. There is oftentimes a champagne and yoga session happening on property.
Harmony in the vines, harmony in the cellar and glass. There is no other way to describe the feel and flavor of Champagne Louis Brochet.