Louis Brochet 1er Cru Brut Champagne SKU #1266353

$29.99

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K&L Notes

This all estate-grown Champagne comes from all 1er Cru vineyards on the "Petite Montagne," a beautiful part of the Champagne district between Reims and Epernay that is a little bit west of the beaten path. It is composed of 80% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay and 5% Meunier. The wine benefits greatly from 50% Reserve wines and has plenty of richness and toast as well as great acidity. An amazing wine at the price! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    10/10/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    I always love when we do a Champagne tasting and today's was especially fun, tasting through some of our best values in the category. This bottle was a definite winner for me and one of my favorites in the lineup! The nose is so lovely and I just kept bringing the glass up to smell it again and again. It's floral and fresh. There's a note of cherry blossoms, saline, crisp green apples and crunchy red pears. The palate is so clean and has a really nice creaminess. What a beautiful Champagne for an amazing price! I'll definitely be taking this home to dive into this bottle a little further.
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    9/27/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    While all of Brochet’s wines impress, my favorite is probably the complex Premier Cru Brut, composed of 75% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Meunier with over 50% reserve wines. The cépage reflects the varietal makeup of the family’s 32-acre vineyard in Écueil, and the larger percentage of Pinot Noir makes this release especially aromatic. Beeswax on the nose with apple and stone fruit through the palate and a super-creamy mouthfeel, the elegant Brut opens up to reveal earthier umami flavors. It’s sumptuous but finishes refreshingly dry and subtly herbal. Aged over two years on the lees and only recently disgorged, it’s cellared for as long as the house’s two oenologists deem optimal. The quality for the money here is remarkable.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    8/27/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    This is an absolutely outstanding new addition to our direct import portfolio, one that practically leaps out of the glass and excites just about every part of the palate. It's brimming with citrus, but it's also slightly nutty and creamy, just enough to balance out the acidity of all lemony goodness. It's like a perfectly balanced Sidecar or Bees Knees cocktail, just in Champagne form. My new favorite Champagne in the store and a bottle I'll definitely be putting in many, many hands.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    8/24/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    This is composed of 80% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay and 5% Meunier and dosed at 9 grams per liter. The blend is half reserves, with 35% from the previous two harvests and 15% from the solera that Louis started in 2010. The red cherry power of top Pinot Noir jumps from the glass and is framed by classy sourdough toast. I love the texture of this lighter style Pinot based Champagne, and the very high proportion and quality of reserve wines give it great texture, a fine bead and elusive complexity. This is hard to beat at the price!
    Top Value!
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    8/17/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    One of the great new finds from our Champagne Buyer Gary Westby and we in Hollywood couldn't be happier. The Brut is so generous it just opens with pretty fruit flavors, balancing acidity, toasty notes and gorgeous accessibility. Such a pleasure to drink with food and just on its own. And for $30?!? This will not last long!!

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