ABOUT: The Brocards settled in the village of Prehy near Chablis in 1973. Jean-Marc had married a vignerons daughter from St. Bris and was gifted 1 hectare of vines; he now has over 200 hectares, a mixture of his own and long-term contracts with farmers in the area, making red and white wine from all over the region, but the crown jewels are the wines from Chablis. Jean-Marcs son Julien and son-in-law Frederic Gueguen handle the day-to-day business now and Julien has been the impetus for the incorporation of biodynamic methods into their program. Read an excellent article written about the Brocards here.
TASTE: Brocard’s Vau de Vey is from a group of Chardonnay vines on hard-to-work slopes of Kimmeridgian soil. They’re steep as hell and must be worked without mechanization. The exposure is south and east so the morning sun is what it gets, a great position to be in for growing complex Chardonnay. We really like what these two legit wine writers wrote about the Brocard Vau de Vey 2019 so here you go:
“A lifted but guarded sense of lemon zest plays on this wine’s nose, forthright at one moment, restrained the next. The palate channels concentrated but creamy lemon peel, mouthwatering in its frankness but buffered by lovely chalkiness. Lemony limestone freshness rings long after the last sip.”Anne Krebiehl MW
“The 2019 Chablis Vau de Vey 1er Cru has an intriguing, melted candle wax and white flower nose, showing touches of apple peel and chalk dust. This seems to grow in complexity in the glass. The palate is well balanced and spicy, with a fine bead of acidity. Orange peel and touches of bitter lemon give way to a slightly oily-textured finish. This is a very engaging Vau de Vey that will be fascinating to see mature in bottle.” Neal Martin
PAIR: Chimichangas, Flautas, Migas, Vegetarian Pho, arugula goat cheese pasta salad, avocado and scrambled egg sandwiches, and little kid penne with cream sauce.