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SommSelect: Jean-Paul Brun, Cremant de Bourgogne, Extra Brut “Charme” Burgundy, France, NV - SommSelect

$25

Buy 4 and we‘ll include shipping.*


Jean-Paul Brun, Cremant de Bourgogne, Extra Brut “Charme” Burgundy, France, NV


In putting together offers for SommSelect, I have specific goals. In some cases, I want to offer you rare wines that are typically only allocated to top restaurants. Other times, I want to present affordable wines whose quality far exceeds their price tag. More than anything, though, I want to to share some of the insider tricks and “secret” wines that have made my career exciting over the years. Today’s wine connects all the above: it is extremely limited (I’ve see it on Michelin-starred wine lists in San Francisco, but can’t locate a single bottle retailing anywhere in the US), it offers extraordinary value, and it addresses an age-old question that torments all true wine lovers, “How can I enjoy the precision and finesse of handmade Champagne without breaking the bank?” The answer is today’s wine.


Jean-Paul Brun is a quiet man who lives alone in a tiny, rural village Northwest of Lyon, in southern Burgundy. The village, Charnay, sits dead center in the so called “Terres Dorées,” a region named after the golden calcareous stones lining its vineyards. The area’s red wines suffer an “ugly duckling” status because the local terroir lacks the complexity necessary to compete with the world class Pinot Noir and Gamay Noir of neighboring appellations. Fortunately, Jean-Paul’s property is absolutely perfect for producing marvelously complex, rich and structured champagne method sparkling wine. Furthermore, real estate and labor are dramatically cheaper in Charnay versus Champagne - and the climate is far more stable - so these delicious handmade wines are produced for half the cost of even the most mediocre, mass produced Champagne. This specific blanc de blancs bottling, “Charme,” comes from a small, 60 year old organic vineyard that surrounds the farmhouse in which Jean-Paul grew up, and still inhabits today. It is aged for three years, hand riddled, and every detail of its conception has been labored over with the same focus and care as a bottle of hand crafted grower Champagne. This is the real deal.  

In the glass, Jean Paul Brun’s Cremant de Bourgogne Extra Brut “Charme” is even and brilliant pale blond, with refined and focused effervescence. On the nose it has everything I want from a blanc de blancs Champagne: toasted bread, citrus and stone fruits, chalky minerality and a faint echo of roasted nuts. On the palate it is immensely satisfying with initial notes of mouthwatering citrus acidity that immediately evolve into a much broader, more complex aromatic pallet. Biscotti, honeycomb, lemon curd and vanilla bean reveal themselves before the wine’s impressively persistent and bone dry finish closes the show with fireworks. I believe this wine will be best served out of an all purpose glass at 50 degrees.  
Jean-Paul Brun is a quiet man who lives alone in a tiny, rural village Northwest of Lyon, in southern Burgundy. The village, Charnay, sits dead center in the so called “Terres Dorées,” a region named after the golden calcareous stones lining its vineyards. The area’s red wines suffer an “ugly duckling” status because the local terroir lacks the complexity necessary to compete with the world class Pinot Noir and Gamay Noir of neighboring appellations. Fortunately, Jean-Paul’s property is absolutely perfect for producing marvelously complex, rich and structured champagne method sparkling wine. Furthermore, real estate and labor are dramatically cheaper in Charnay versus Champagne - and the climate is far more stable - so these delicious handmade wines are produced for half the cost of even the most mediocre, mass produced Champagne. This specific blanc de blancs bottling, “Charme,” comes from a small, 60 year old organic vineyard that surrounds the farmhouse in which Jean-Paul grew up, and still inhabits today. It is aged for three years, hand riddled, and every detail of its conception has been labored over with the same focus and care as a bottle of hand crafted grower Champagne. This is the real deal.  

In the glass, Jean Paul Brun’s Cremant de Bourgogne Extra Brut “Charme” is even and brilliant pale blond, with refined and focused effervescence. On the nose it has everything I want from a blanc de blancs Champagne: toasted bread, citrus and stone fruits, chalky minerality and a faint echo of roasted nuts. On the palate it is immensely satisfying with initial notes of mouthwatering citrus acidity that immediately evolve into a much broader, more complex aromatic pallet. Biscotti, honeycomb, lemon curd and vanilla bean reveal themselves before the wine’s impressively persistent and bone dry finish closes the show with fireworks. I believe this wine will be best served out of an all purpose glass at 50 degrees.  





Country France
Region Burgundy
Sub-Region Cremant de Bourgogne
Varietal Chardonnay
Production ~ 300 cases
Alcohol 12.5%
Oak n/a
Soil Clay and Limestone
Farming Organic
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Country France
Region Burgundy
Sub-Region Cremant de Bourgogne
Varietal Chardonnay
Production ~ 300 cases
Alcohol 12.5%
Oak n/a
Soil Clay and Limestone
Farming Organic
SommSelect: Jean-Paul Brun, Cremant de Bourgogne, Extra Brut “Charme” Burgundy, France, NV - SommSelect SommSelect: Jean-Paul Brun, Cremant de Bourgogne, Extra Brut “Charme” Burgundy, France, NV - SommSelect

$25

Buy 4 and we‘ll include shipping.*

“If you are looking for an amazing lower priced alternative to grower Champagnes, this wine fits the bill.”

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