Edouard Brun is a small, family-owned Champagne House in the revered Grand Cru village of Aÿ. Founded in 1898, the House has stepped out of the shadow of history in recent years, evolving from a very traditional approach to a modern and fruit-driven style. The wines are all the better for it.
This 1er Cru Reserve is a blend of 25% Chardonnay with 75% Pinot Noir, which grows especially well in Aÿ. The two varieties are vinified separately - the Chardonnay in stainless steel, the Pinot in old oak - before being blended with reserve wines, bottled for the second fermentation and then aged for 30 months on their lees. This creates a rich, powerful style that, for us, outperforms a lot of famous vintage Champagnes. In this celebratory magnum, the balance of fruitiness, structure and soft mouthfeel is worth the entry fee alone.
I’ve been drinking this as one of my favourite Champagnes, at a very fair price for many years. It never disappoints, reliable and stunning as ever.