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Grandfather Bret bought this property in Vinzelles in 1947. In 2000 Jean-Philippe and Jean-Guillaume Bret took their vineyards out of the local co-operative and established their Domaine de la Soufrandière (see here for the wine selection from la Soufrandière) with 4 hectares of vines entirely in the appellation of Pouilly Vinzelles. They have also developed a negociant activity using the name Bret Brothers. Previous experience between them includes stages at Ridge and Newton in California and Comte Lafon in Burgundy. Most of their vines are in a perfectly situated east facing slope of Vinzelles called Les Quarts, on Bajocian limestone with a high silica/quartz content. The vineyards have been farmed organically since 2000, with biodynamic principles being progressively introduced. The grapes, both their own and those purchased, are picked in small containers, then whole bunch pressed in the tinailler (local Maconnais and Beaujolais word for cuverie) before descending by gravity to the barrel cellar. They are currently all taken out of barrel for bottling after 11 months.
Wines sold "In Bond" (including BBX) or “En Primeur” are not available for immediate delivery and storage charges may apply.
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Bottle 12 x 75cl13cs
Bottle 12 x 75cl1cs
Bottle 12 x 75cl31cs
Bottle 12 x 75cl30cs
Overall a low but not catastrophic 30 hectolitres per hectare for their own vineyards. The Domaine de la Soufrandière wines (the three from Pouilly-Vinzelles) were all picked between 27th and 29th September, clearly a great decision as these are some of the most sublime wines they have made, with a thrilling mineral precision coupled to the natural weight of the vintage.
Magnum 6 x 150cl2cs
The expanded cellar makes work much easier now for the three Bret Brothers. They report a difficult year in the vineyards but a good result overall. The wines have good acidity, if less trenchant than 2010, and more fruit weight than 2011. For the first time the Bret Brothers crushed some of their grapes before pressing them, which they feel gives the wines a fresher dimension. All the Pouilly cuvées listed here now receive 18 months in barrel before bottling.