2012 Louis Brochet "Alain" Millesime Brut Champagne SKU #1356640

Price: $34.99

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Tasting Notes

A family owned grower Champagne based in the village of Ecueil, Louis Brochet was founded in the 18th century by matriarch Marie Arsène Brochet who personally selected the vines used for massal selection. The first Brochet label appeared in 1881. According to the winery, the 2012 Millesime Brut is 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay and shows "bright pale gold colour with silvery-green highlights; good effervescence with nice lively, fine bubbles that rise in plumes. The nose is generous, infused with subtlety and delicacy. It opens with aromas of white fruit, quickly yielding to notes of citrus fruit, or exotic fruit. Aeration brings greater maturity with dried fruit, grilled and toasty notes, culminating in a background revealing acacia fragrances with light honey accents. This nose is beautifully complex. The mouthfeel is bold and nicely crisp, it charms with its pleasant freshness, giving it pep, even an ethereal character, and with its generosity."

Staff Reviews

  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    I love Louis Brochet, and the lively 2012 is no exception. Green apple up front, this opens up immediately but still shows bright acid and great effervescence. Floral on the nose, with a textured, honeyed palate, the "Alain" nevertheless finishes crisp and lean. This is one stylish crowd-pleaser: a layered, accessible Champagne that still feels accessible and shows all the hallmarks of this "miracle vintage."
  • Muriel Sarik
    By: Muriel Sarik
    K&L Staff Member
    I love when I get to taste a new champagne and this one did not disappoint. This is a complex champagne that will give more with time, but is fabulous right now. The nose gave me toasted almonds, pears and saline, like fresh ocean air. I got Asian pears for the fruit with mineral threads dancing on my tongue. AND at this price it's worth the experience.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    This Champagne has a lovely balance of weight and verve. There is a powerful concentration of fruit, rich texture, but also electric acidity and saline minerals. Made predominantly from a village specific clonal selection of Pinot Noir with small clusters; you can feel the concentration in the wine. This is one of the best bottles of Champagne I've tasted this year. I loved the intensity of flavor but also knife edge poise and focus.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    The precision and longevity of the Champagnes of 2012 are ever present in this incredible millésime from one of the finest grower producers in our portfolio. Louis Brochet is the third generation of his family to produce wines from the family vines in Eceuil, and his expertise at the craft is evident here. 2/3PN, 1/3CH. It has bing cherry, raspberry and apple notes with very subtle toast and a certain roundness on the palate, while chalky minerals and precise acidity focus the finish to incredible length. It has, as Louis Bochet likes to say, “Richesse, finesse, and a bit of sweetness to round it out.” This is another incredible vintage Champagne deal that shouldn’t be missed.​
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    Louis Brochet is the best producer in Champagne that is still flying under the radar. He is a single minded man, trained as an oenoligist with a masters in winemaking from Reims, and working his families vines that have been in the family for four generations. The 2012 is spectacular, with flavors of nut bread and red cherry like Pinot Noir. It has great concentration, especially on the back end, which seems to go on forever. Not only do the expertly made vintage wines of Louis Brochet drink well young, they are fantastic for the cellar- The 1996 is still very, very fresh at 22. The backbone of this wine is a very old selection of Pinot Noir named after the village- "Pinot d'Ecueil", which makes up 2/3 of this blend. The other 1/3 is Chardonnay, and the wine is vinified in stainless steel before being aged over four years on the lees.
    Drink from 2018 to 2037
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The aromatics of this wine are bold and fill your nose with baked apple, toasty brioche and a hauntingly inviting spice background. On the palate the power of the Pinot Noir is evident, it fills your mouth with a weight and depth while the appley, brioche filled flavors provide lots of center to the wine. It shows great length and the really good acid balances out the creamy middle. The bargain price assures me that I’m definitely buying this.
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    Delicious and extremely complex for a wine in this price category. Lovely aromatics of creamy pear and bread notes lead you in to a medium full bodied palate and crisp edges and finish. Plenty to like here, and the progression in the glass was wonderful - it opens up and offers up a deeper richer feel than shown initially with plenty to suggest a few years in the cellar will yield amazing results.
    Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2025
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    A terrific bottle of Champagne at any price, let alone for under $35, this 2012 vintage bottle of Louis Brochet is as delicious, convincing and all purpose/crowd pleasing as they come. The intensity, chalkiness and palate presence reminds me of Michel Arnould Champagnes, though as this is "merely" 1er and not Grand Cru rated vineyards, you're getting a vintage Champagne here for very little money. All of us who tasted this could not get over the overall deliciousness and incredible persistence of this wine. Highly recommended.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose on this Champagne is one of the most compelling I've ever encountered. It's loaded with brioche, floral tones, golden apples, red fruits, and seems to be ever changing. The palate does not disappoint after such a lead in. It's rich, refreshing and has incredible length. It leaves your palate feeling fresher than it was before and brings you back for more. Incredible balance from an interesting vintage. 2012 started slow and was saved by a miracle August resulting in a small crop of nearly perfect fruit. There isn't much of it, but 2012 will go down in history as a great vintage for Champagne.
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a great newly arrived vintage from Louis Brochet! Initially, it has a white flower nose that quickly sends forth some green apple and Anjou pear scents with just a hint of underlying honey. On the palate, medium weight, with green and yellow fruits and a hint of tangerine. Long, lingering finish that is clean with crisp minerality. This one stands tall with the best vintages of Louis Brochet!


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