A son of Burgundy, Jean-Marc Brocard enjoyed a childhood surrounded by vines. In 1973, upon the occasion of his marriage, Jean-Marc was gifted one hectare of Chablis vineyards by his father-in-law, celebrated winemaker Emile Petit. Embracing the traditions of his forefathers, Jean-Marc was educated in the knowledge and experience, not only of his father-in-law, but of his relative “P’tit” Louis, another celebrated Chablis native.
Blending four centuries of knowledge with drive and vision, Jean-Marc Brocard slowly grew his holdings and his reputation. Today the family holds over 100 hectares and Jean-Marc works closely with his son, Julien, and daughter, Celine. Balancing passion and patience, this celebrated wine-making family continues to respect four centuries of Burgundian tradition, while embracing modernity.
Respect for the Land
Chablis, world renowned for its mineral and slightly salty Chardonnays, is gifted with unique Kimmeridgien soils, slightly chalky but infused with ancient sea fossils. The Brocard family, out of respect for the soil and the unique characteristics it delivers to the wines, is focused on sustainability and biodynamics. Going beyond organic, biodynamic agricultural strategies rely on natural and lunar rhythms.
Under the leadership of Julien Brocard, the family began the process of qualifying some of their vineyard parcels for biodynamic certifications in 1988. Many of those plots not certified biodynamic are certified organic. Using natural fertilizers, burning cutting for heat, spraying the vines with other plant extracts to encourage healthy growth, and using vegetable oil to fuel tractors are just a few of the sustainable practices at use.
Respect for the Wines
Much as the family embraces tradition and modern technique in the fields, so too does the house embrace this same blending in the vinification process. Adhering to Chablis tradition, Chardonnay wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, never touching oak barrels. But tradition is modernized with the use of computer monitoring and the extenuation of biodynamic principles. As the grapes are tended and processed according to the natural and lunar cycles, so too are the wines.
When coupled with the respect for the land and the vines themselves, this respect for the winemaking process and Burgundy traditions yields extraordinary wines with great authenticity and clear representation of the characteristics of the region. With salty minerality and freshness, the house of Jean-Marc Brocard produces critically acclaimed Chablis.
A classical representation of the Chablis appellation, this wine is characterized by its richness and minerality. Defined by a bouquet of green apple and candied orange peel, the finish is warm. A salty, mineral wine, perfect for drinking in the next 7 or 8 years.
Enrobed in golden-green hues, this wine yields a ripe aromatic bouquet defined by notes of salt and citrus. With beautiful energy and elegant structure this wine will be at its best in about 10 years.
Perfectly balanced, this golden-green wine yields aromatic notes of dried fruit and chestnut. The palate is defined by freshness, rich minerality and delicate citrus peel. With a long and lasting finish this wine can age for 7 to 10 years.