2008 Louis Brochet "Millésimé" Brut Champagne

SKU #1266355

The great 2008s keep coming... but this one will not last for long. This all-estate-grown Champagne comes from all 1er Cru vineyards on the "Petite Montagne", a beautiful part of the Champagne district between Reims and Epernay that is a little bit west of the beaten path. It is partially barrel-fermented, mostly with old Burgundy barrels, but also some barrels from oak grown right there on the Petite Montagne. It is composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. This is dazzling Champagne, and if you can keep your hands off of it, it will be even better in a few years. It is a very balanced style with a touch of toast and a touch of citrus... the finish lasts for as long as Champagne at triple the price! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2016 | Send Email
This producer is brand-new to us, and finding a 2008 at this price is just phenomenal. There is a bright acidity and cleansing minerality to this release that will make it a good candidate for mid-term cellaring. All estate fruit, with partial barrel aging that lends a bit of toast to go along with the underlying caramel and golden apple flavors. If you like very rich, get the 2009. If you like more acidity and chalk, the 2008 is the one for you!

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2016 | Send Email
A new DI Champagne and it is from the 2008 vintage as well which means ripe fruit with lots of acid. This is an absolutely beautiful bottle of bubbly with notes of tart apple balanced with pear, citrus and some spice on the finish. The high acid of 2008 keeps this wine much more lively than the 70% Pinot Noir would lead you to believe and leads to a driving and clean finish. This is one of those Champagnes to buy a case of so as to try and age at least half of them.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2016 | Send Email
Gorgeous purity and vibrant acidity make the 2008 worthy of the cellar but acid freaks like myself may not let this linger to long in our wine lockers. Apple and pear notes lead to spicy ginger flavors. Long on length and finish with subtle toast and spice notes. Get some!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2016 | Send Email
This is stunning vintage Champagne from a great producer in Ecueil on the slopes of the little mountain of Reims. If you like Pinot Noir power and structure, along with the finesse of long lees ageing, this will make you very happy. I don't think I can say enough up about the greatness of the 2008 harvest; not only did it have the tremendous ripeness of a sunny year, but also near 1996 level acidity. It is the whole package! You can drink this now, or save it for a generation (do you have kids born in 2008?)- it will be great either way.
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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose. View our bestselling Champagne.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5