Brocard, Julien

Brocard, Julien
  • These wines, produced from grapes that are the fruit of biodynamic farming, were part of the Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard label until 2011 and 2012. Harvested by hand and vinified in a more artisanal manner, they represent the best wines Brocard produces and are well worth seeking out. —William Kelley, Wine Advocate

It's rare to find a Chablis grower who farms biodynamically because of the climate. There are only a handful of producers who do so and are certified. Julien Brocard was one of the first to practice biodynamic farming in Chablis and today he is certified by Demeter. Julien, in his never-ending quest for excellence, started farming a portion of the village level Boissoneuse vineyard in the mid-nineties and after many years of experience, he launched his own label, Julien Brocard - les 7 Lieux in 2012.

Today, Julien is working with 18 hectare total, the heart of which is 11 hectare in the Boissoneuse vineyard in Prehy. Biodynamic farming requires constant human observation and attention, and the use of ancestral methods and tools, such as horse-drawn ploughing,  creates a natural link between people, the soil and the plants. He's planted fruit trees and witnessed a resurgence of wildlife in the vineyards and microbial life in the soil.

All wines are harvested by hand and in the cellar, Brocard takes a non-interventionist approach to vinification, aiming to reveal the true character without any distortion. The wines are made in very large oak vats, ranging from 15 to 100 hectolitres, giving the flexibility needed for plot by plot vinification. These allow slow oxygenation, and preserve the unique flavor of each plot of vines, revealing the personality of each of the 7 Lieux, or Seven Places. Sulfur is used sparingly and not at all on the "nature" cuvee. The wines are really special and we are very excited to have the Julien Brocard wines in the Bowler portfolio! 

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DB1090-18
Biodynamic
Petit Chablis "Plantes"
2018
Chardonnay
From a 1.5 hectare parcel with Portlandian limestone. S / SE exposure. It's the only wine that is made in temperature controlled stainless... Read More

DB1096-17
Biodynamic
Chablis Grand Cru Preuses
2017
Chardonnay
Simultaneously powerful, very fat and very fine, elegant and voluptuous. From 35 year-old vines with southern exposure.  Aged for 14 months... Read More

DB1093-17
Biodynamic
Chablis 1er Cru Vaudevey
2017
Chardonnay
Vaudevey is located in the valley situated behind the Côte de Léchet. Brocard has 4 hectares on a very steep slope with east exposure. It's... Read More

DB1094-17
Biodynamic
Chablis 1er Cru Cote de Lechet
2017
Chardonnay
Côte de Léchet embodies the purest characteristics of Chablis: 38 degree slope right in the sun, very rocky soil, and small yields of... Read More

DB1092-17
Biodynamic
Chablis "Le 7ieme" Vin Nature
2017
Chardonnay
7ème is made without the addition of any sulfites. Like the other wines, fermentation happens spontaneously with indigineous yeasts. It's... Read More

DB1091-18
Biodynamic
Chablis "Boissonneuse"
2018
Chardonnay
Domaine de la Boissonneuse is a single holding of 11 hectares. The parcel is on a hillside beside the village of Préhy and contains... Read More