Jean-Marc Brocard | Chablis
The domaine of Jean-Marc Brocard began as just one hectare, a wedding gift from his wine-growing father-in-law. In 1973, when Julien was born, Jean-Marc planted his first vines in Préhy, where, a few years later, he built his winery and which subsequently became the Jean-Marc Brocard estate in the heart of the Chablis vineyards. He has since expanded the domaine to 200 hectares, of which half are managed adopting organic or biodynamic principles, and is widely recognised as one of Chablis’s leading producers. The estate is now run by Jean Marc's son Julien, a passionate exponent of biodynamics and ancestral wine making methods and the domaine has since become one of the leading producers cultivating vines organically.
The low-impact approach undertaken in the vineyards - ploughing in place of herbicides, predators instead of pesticides, manure rather than fertiliser, and as little spraying as the grapes’ health requires - is matched by a hands-off winemaking philosophy in the cellar. The resulting wines are pure, unadorned expressions of the great chalk slopes of Chablis.