Champagne Edouard Brun & Cie Cuvée Spéciale Brut NV
Champagne Edouard Brun & Cie Cuvée Spéciale Brut NV This is a new find for us… calling all lovers of vinous, rich, and powerful Champagnes!
Flavor Profile: Red cherries, buttery brioche, toasted hazelnuts, and warm apple tarts
Time on Lees: 24 months
Dosage: 10 grams per liter
Why We Love It...
This beauty is flashy, racy, and an all-in-all heady style of Grower Champagne. The pinot meunier and pinot noir combine to offer up a bowlful of ripe berries, the use of oak adds to the toasty, nutty, Parisienne bakery elements… but then comes in the bright and tempering Chardonnay with just enough zip and mineral edge to carry through the finish. There’s a lot going on here… especially for the price!
Edouard Brun ran a cooperage in France in the late 1800s, using the profits from his enterprise to purchase land throughout Champagne’s Montagne de Reims. He began his eponymous house in Aÿ at the end of the 19th century, taking on a partner that would eventually succeed him. That partner was Edmond Lefevre. Today, it is Edmond's relatives, the Delescots, that drive the house forward with 10 hectares across the northeastern edge of the Montagne de Reims – with Premier Cru and Grand Cru holdings in Aÿ, Mareuil sur Aÿ, Avenay-Val-d'Or, Hautvillers, Chigny-Les-Roses, and Ludes.
The family cellar dates back to the 15th century, serving as the vault of the Delescot family’s winemaking traditions… and a few of their secrets. This Cuvée Speciale is their most popular bottling – a blend of 60% pinot meunier, 20% pinot noir, 20% chardonnay selected from across their various holdings, with both pinots fermented and aged in oak barrels. The chardonnay is reared in small stainless steel tanks, and then all the components are blended together to age on the lees for a full two years. The dosage is near the Brut limit, at a generous 10 grams per liter – adding to the voluptuous and full nature of this ample wine.
The aromas and initial flavors focus on ripe red cherries, buttery brioche, toasted hazelnuts, and warm apple tarts, with secondary accents of lemon custard, green apples, and Fuyu persimmon. The wine is almost decadently rich and lavish upfront, but the finish is nevertheless precisely focused and linear – with a pure, chalky acidity that carries the finish. Overall, the wine is quite vinous in style, as is often the case with pinot meunier dominated blends, but the result is charming and pleasant, never overbearing. For the price, this is an exceptionally complex and layered wine and we are looking forward to exploring more from this producer! Just ten cases to be had, and this is one you won’t want to miss!
Appellation: Marne Valley
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: 60% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay
Winemaker: Phillippe Delescot
Pair it with: Moroccan spiced roast chicken
About the Producer
Champagne Edouard Brun & Cie is a family-owned champagne house based in the village of Aÿ, in the heart of the Champagne region of France. The story of the company began in 1898 when Edouard Brun founded the estate, which has been passed down through the generations to his great-grandson, Jean-Pierre Lallement. Champagne Edouard Brun & Cie produces a range of high-quality champagnes, including the prestigious "Cuvée Edouard Brun" and "Cuvée Spéciale," which are made using traditional methods and aged in the estate's cellars. The estate is comprised of 10 hectares of Premier and Grand Cru vineyards planted to Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. The company's dedication to producing exceptional champagne has earned them a reputation as one of the finest producers in the region.
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