Ever since they took over Domaine La Soufrandière in 2000, ever since they created their small scale “haute couture” merchant business called BRET BROTHERS in 2001 (high quality white wines from the Mâconnais region of Burgundy),  this is what has been their credo and a source of vibration and passion : the diversity and richness of the terroirs of Burgundy (locally called ” Climats”) and primarily those in the Mâconnais, around one grape variety, Chardonnay.

Vergisson is one of the more distinctive terroirs of the Mâconnais, and is expected to be amongst the most decorated when the region’s first 1er crus are created in the near future. Dominated by the famous limestone escarpment that shares its name, the area has a cooler microclimate than much of the Mâconnais, and the soils here tend to be very chalky and therefore produce seriously mineral, energetic wines. Furthermore, the vineyards are usually picked by hand rather than machine – thanks to their gradient – and a good percentage are ploughed rather than treated with herbicide.

Tasting Notes

The Bret’s Terres de Vergisson is a blend of two small parcels, one located at the foot of La Roche de Solutré and the other between this and La Roche de Vergisson. The former is on limestone while the second, farmed by Eric Forest, is surprisingly on granite. Jean-Guillaume Bret notes this latter parcel brings a counterpoint of fruit and perfume to the limestone’s stony austerity. The blend of the two results in a cracking white Burgundy of serious richness and power with pear and white floral fruit notes. Serious fruit intensity, coiled energy and a seriously long finish.