2013 Emmanuel Brochet Les Hauts Meuniers Champagne
Emmanuel Brochet hails from the Villers-aux-Noeuds village south of the city of Reims. He farms 2.5 hectares of vines, all located in a single parcel, and planted with all three major varieties with the oldest vines dating back to 1962. The vineyard was converted to organic viticulture starting with the 2008 vintage, which he does more out of respect for the land than something he necessarily believes results in better wine.
The 2013 Les Hauts Meuniers by Emmanuel Brochet is a Blanc de Noirs, 100% Pinot Meunier from a single parcel (lieu-dit) in the highest part of Mont Benoit. Extra Brut dosage of 2g/L for this refined Champagne, and production was 1,670 bottles.
As its name suggests, Brochet's 2013 Extra-Brut Les Hauts Meuniers derives from a parcel of Meunier vines (planted in 1962) at the top of his holdings on the Mont Benoit. Disgorged in December 2019 without dosage, it bursts with aromas of warm bread, peach, white flowers, lemon oil and beeswax. Medium to full-bodied, elegantly layered and intensely saline, it's a precise, fine-boned but intensely flavored wine that's beautifully pure and seamless.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)