Happy Hour Wine Tasting with Jean Marc Brocard Chablis

Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 06:00 PM

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Now, a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet, because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me…

Vizzini, The Princess Bride (1987)



One of the last Happy Hours of the Summer!!


After the success of the last few week’s “Happy Hour” tastings, we have decided to carry on this casual event over the summer and this tasting is a belly up to the bar, hang out with your friends and the food is casual, this is not a sit-down dinner- a true “Happy Hour” style event… but with GREAT wines.  Tonight, we have one of our favorite wines for the summertime Chablis from Jean Marc Brocard from village level wines to Grand Cru and to compliment these fresh crisp whites we have a few wines from Southern Burgundy aka Beajolais from two of the top crus from Pierre-Marie Chermette.


I have also included all the wines from Jean Marc Brocard that we have in the store on SALE on this offering as well as all the Beaujolais in the store.

This tasting starts at 6pm and chef Toni will be making some appetizers to accompany the tasting wines.  The fee for this tasting is $55 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com



Happy Hour Wine Tasting featuring Jean Marc Brocard Chablis
and Pierre-Marie Chermette Cru Beaujolais
Thursday, August 15th


2019 Jean Marc Brocard Chablis les Domaine Sainte Claire
Price: $26.25   Your Price: $23.10      Quantity in Stock: 24

The Sainte Claire Chablis expresses with a great deal of finesse the typicity of its Chablis soil: the Kimmeridgian. Made from Chardonnay grapes, this vintage expresses the singularity of our wines through its strength, precision and freshness.

On the nose, notes of lemon, yellow fruits. The mouth is wrapped, balanced, and tangy. A specific wine while gluttony.


2018 Jean Marc Brocard Chablis Montmains 1er Cru
Price: $45.00   Your Price: $39.60

It is on the left bank of the Serein River, which runs through the Chablis vineyards, that the Premier Cru Montmains has taken root.  This wide slope provides the wines with a mineral character which blends in beautifully with floral aromas.

White gold colour with green reflection. Nose: hints of citrus, grapefruit and anise. The mouth is salt, chopped, dense, lemony and refreshing with a nice length.


2018 Jean Marc Brocard Chablis Grenouilles Grand Cru
Price: $97.50   Your Price: $85.80

This parcel is the smallest of the Grand Crus (23.67 acres in total), and faces Southwest.  The personality of this terroir is very complex and its wines are voluptuous, tender and delicate once they age a little.

In the mouth, the wine is truly harmonious, very well-balanced, remarkable for its pure elegance and finesse, with an unbelievably long mineral finish. The pallet of aromas is extremely wide, changing with the weather and the seasons.


2019 Pierre-Marie Chermette Brouilly Pierreux
Price: $33.75   Your Price: $28.69     

Grape variety: Gamay - Cordon de Royat pruning - 5,000 vines / hectare. Southern exposure.

The soil consists of granite scree following the erosion of Mont Brouilly and gives a mineral side to this wine. The name Pierreux certainly comes from the word “pierres” (stones), illustrating the make-up of the soil. Sustainable agriculture, manual harvest at full maturity.

Vinification: traditional for Beaujolais: half-carbonic maceration with two pump-overs per day, 10 to 12 days of maceration in concrete tanks, no chaptalization neither yeasting, minimum of SO2.


2019 Pierre-Marie Chermette Moulin-à-Vent Les Trois Roches
Price: $39.00   Your Price: $33.15

Grape variety: Gamay 1 hectare at Rochegrès + 2 hectares at La Rochelle + 1.5 hectares at Roche Noire, from which we buy the grapes. A variety of granite with seams of manganese. Integrated vinegrowing, goblet pruning, manual harvest at full ripeness. Traditional vinification of Beaujolais : half-carbonic maceration with two pumping per day, maceration of 10 to 12 days in vats, no chaptalization, minimum of SO2.

This tasting starts at 6pm and chef Toni will be making some appetizers to accompany the tasting wines.  The fee for this tasting is $55 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com


A bit about Jean Marc Brocard :


The first plot of Jean-Marc Brocard was a man, Louis Petit, winemaker who teach him the Vine, Wine and Men.

Jean-Marc Brocard still cultivates his science and wisdom: “Look, be quiet and learn.“. The long years of learning, take the same paths of the old winemaker, put his hands on the same branches, watching the same moon, Jean-Marc Brocard has kept patience and respect, the lessons of the soil and subsoil, vines and life.

Louis Petit told him how to talk the terroir. From root to the vine, from the vine to the cluster, from the cluster to the must, and from must to wine, he initiated the slow path of aromas. He told him, man to man, secrets and knowledge that can not be explained but which share in the light of early morning or in the cool shade of a cellar.

With Louis Petit, the wit was grafted to the youth to make sensible the idea of ​​perpetuity, of transmission.

Born in 1946 in Chaudenay-le-Château in Côte d’Or from a family of farmers, Jean-Marc Brocard follows the advice of his father and swiftly from agriculture whose future is not enough carrier in the late 60’s. He chose a HND in engineering and became an engineer at Auxerre.

The meeting with his future wife, and his in-laws family, winegrowers in Saint-Bris-le-Vineux will initiate in the work of the vine and wine.

In 1973, the birth of Julien, Jean-Marc plant his first vines in Préhy, where it will build a few years later, his winery that will become the domaine Jean-Marc Brocard situated in the center of Chablis vineyards.

Born in 1973, Julien joined the familial domaine to work alongside his father in 1995, after studying engineering.

From 1997, he is passionate about biodynamic and traditional methods it implements on a plot of Chablis: La Boissonneuse.

Today, the domaine is among the most important actors of Burgundy to cultivate vineyards in organic farming.

As CEO of the company, Julien continues the development of the area while pulsing a corporate culture.

"Do it better, make it better, improve it if it is not broke, because if we do not, we can not compete with those who do"



A bit about Domaines Chermette :


In the hamlet of Le Vissoux in Saint-Vérand, south of Beaujolais, has been the birthplace of the Vissoux family in the 17th century. It is the heart of the estate surrounded by a large 9 hectare plot with a beautiful southwest exposure.

Unlike the predominantly clay-limestone terrain of the southern Beaujolais region, the soil here is granite. It is similar to that of Beaujolais Villages and it is the soil of predilection for the Gamay grape. This peculiarity helps to give more structure to the Beaujolais wines of the estate: Beaujolais les Griottes, Beaujolais Origine old vines and a part of white Beaujolais.

According to the Nicolas Besset, the soil of Saint Vérand is very specific. It consists of plagio-granites which are similar to the blue stones of the Côte de Py in Morgon and are also present in Norway. These plagio-granites are very rare on our planet. These soils are spread very evenly in the village as shown on the terroir map. On the photos of Beaujolais les Griottes, we can see the constitution of the soil: little arable land, about 40 cm and a block of granite below. The very small rootlets of the vines can infiltrate the slightest crack. This is a poor soil that forces the vines to dig into the block of granite to feed themselves, resulting in a fairly marked sensation of terroir in the mouth.

As for the Cœur de Vendanges, it comes from more than a hundred-year-old vines located in Saint Verand as well as in Vaux en Beaujolai, in the hamlet called Clochemerle.

The winery regroup 26 hectars of Beaujolais vines.

When we travel from south to north of Beaujolais, we arrive first at the Brouilly appellation, at the foot of the Mont Brouilly, located in the heart of the region. Heading north, we reach Fleurie, then the appellation Moulin-à-Vent. In the far north is situated the village of Saint-Amour.

All the soils are composed of various granites bringing different nuances to Gamay depending on the climate. The nobility and the great variety of terroirs give Gamay its most beautiful expressions which can flourish over time. The aromas of fresh fruit will gain in maturity and complexity from 3 to 5 years to last until 10 or 15 years, or even more…

Our crus Brouilly, Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent, Saint-Amour represent 20 hectares of vines.