Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 83.3 hectares (205.8 acres), of which 69% Pinot Meunier, 16% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (86%)
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Brouillet is located on top of the northwestern part of the Montagne de Reims hill. The small stream Ruisseau de Brouillet runs past the village and empties into the Ardre river at Crugny.
The Brouillet commune covers 458 hectares and has 87 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Brouilletois and Brouilletoises.
The vineyards in Brouillet consist of mild slopes that face in various directions, and are dominated by Pinot Meunier. The vineyards are located both west and east of the village and most of them are part of two stretches of vineyards that cross into the neighbouring communes to the south, Lagery and Serzy-et-Prin (an oblong-shaped commune, the southwestern part of which is actually located to the southeast of Brouillet).
The current vineyard surface in the Brouillet commune is 83.3 hectares (205.8 acres). There are 57.7 ha Pinot Meunier (69.3%), 13.4 ha Chardonnay (16.1%), and 12.2 ha Pinot Noir (14.6%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 75 ha. There are 20 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.
The producer status NM = négociant-manipulant means that purchased grapes can be included in the Champagnes. NM producers can be anything from small producers that supplement their own grapes with some that they buy in, to large Champagne houses that primarily rely on purchased grapes.
- Ariston (NM), also Jean-Antoine Ariston, member of Vignerons Indépendants, has 7.5 ha of vineyards in Brouillet. The range includes two vintage Champagnes: Chardonnay by Charles-Antoinee is a blanc de blancs, and Rosé de Saignée by Charles-Antoine is a rosé.
- Aspasie (NM), also Ariston Fils, member of Vignerons Indépendants. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir (refers to the 2008 vintage). Cépages d’Antan is composed of three more uncommon grape varieties: 40% Arbanne, 40% Petit Meslier, and 20% Pinot Blanc.
- Ataïr (NM?), a small Champagne house that has been started recently.
Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.
- Gerin & Fils (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir.
- Grethen (RC), also Laurent Grethen. Annual production 15 000 bottles.
Comment: It is not certain that the list is complete.
- Wikipedia about this village in English, in French.
- (The Brouillet commune doesn’t have a website.)
- UMC’s new village profile of Brouillet.
- UMC’s old village profile of Brouillet. (dead link)
- Swedish version of this post.
© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2016, last update 2016-04-13