Hubert Brochard

Brand Description

Domaine Hubert Brochard produces classically styled Sancerre blanc, rosé, and rouge from their family-owned winery in Chavignol. Aimée Brochard inherited her father’s vines in the early 1900s, growing grapes and raising goats to produce cheese with the help of her husband Hubert. The domaine is now run by the fifth and sixth generation of Brochards with 152 acres under vine in Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, and Vin de Pays du Val de Loire. Today, brothers Daniel, Jean-François, and Benoît Brochard run the domaine with the help of Daniel’s daughters, Caroline and Anne-Sophie, and produce wines that express their region’s terroir.

Location of Vineyard

The domaine is composed of 113 acres of Sauvignon Blanc and 39 acres of Pinot Noir spread across the communes of Chavignol, Sancerre, Sainte-Gemme, Ménétréol, Saint-Satur, Thauvenay, and Bannay with additional vineyards in Pouilly-Fumé. These diverse holdings give the Brochard’s a range of soils from which to build wines of depth and complexity. The family holds parcels in Les Monts Damnés and the Côte de Beaujeu, two of Chavignol’s most famous vineyards, where terres blanches soils of Kimmeridgian marl give powerful wines. Silex, or flint, is concentrated around Sancerre, St-Satur, Ménétréol, and Thauvenay, and yields wines with a strong mineral character. Finally, vineyards planted on chalky caillottes soil bring attractive aromas to the wines.

Winemaking Philosophy

Domaine Hubert Brochard is one of only a small number of Sancerre producers who continue to harvest most of their grapes by hand. The Sauvignon Blanc special cuvées, single-vineyards, and all the Pinot Noir are manually harvested and transported to the winery in small crates. Sauvignon Blanc is destemmed and pressed pneumatically before vinification in stainless-steel tanks. Sancerre Aujourd'hui Comme Autrefois, Le Cul du Beaujeu, and Côte des Monts Damnés spend an additional period on the fine lees before bottling. Pinot Noir is destemmed and receives a brief cold maceration before fermentation in stainless-steel tanks. The wine is aged for one year in used French oak barrels before bottling.

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Hubert Brochard facility

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Winery Profile
Owner: Brochard Family
Winemaker: Benoît Brochard (Head Winemaker) & Anne-Sophie Brochard (Assistant Winemaker)
Total acreage under vine: 152
Founded: 1977
Production: 500000
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"Bright and appealingly herbal aromas lead the way to a silk-textured palate flecked with lemon oils and pith, hard autumn orchard fruit, and saline minerality. A final grace note of white licorice lends the finish a fascinating dimension. This is a lot of wine for well under $20."
— acclaim for 2020 Hubert Brochard Les Carisannes Sauvignon Blanc from Food & Wine, Mar 2022
“Fresh lime, chalk, pear and anise come together in this bright wine with zingy acidity and 13 percent alcohol.”
— acclaim for 2017 Hubert Brochard Sancerre Tradition from Chicago Tribune, Oct 2018
“Born from 30-year-old vines, here’s a classic expression of the appellation. It’s a nice, easy table wine with flavors of citrus, fresh herbs, and limestone on the finish.”
— acclaim for 2017 Hubert Brochard Sancerre Tradition from, Nov 2018
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