Bret Brothers

+33(0)385356772 Vinzelles,

La Soufrandière, an old estate in Vinzelles in Southern Mâconnais (Southern Burgundy), was bought in 1947 by A.J. Bret, a Medical Professor. The surface under vines was only one hectare (2.47 acres) all in the « appellation d'origine contrôlée » Pouilly-Vinzelles Climat "Les Quarts". The only remaining testimony of its past viticultural life was a « tinailler » (a traditional Maconnais house used as a vat-room) complete with an old-fashioned wine-press. A.J. BRET started to enlarge La Soufrandière by acquiring plots of vines next to those already existing. All the vines were then worked by share-farmers (share-cropping) and the resulting crop was brought to and commercialised by the local Cooperative (Cave Coopérative de Vinzelles). Jean-Paul BRET - A.J.’s and Louise Bret’s third son in a family of four children – became manager of La Soufrandière in 1969. The surface under vines was to reach 4.55 ha (11.11 acres) of which 4 ha of Pouilly-Vinzelles Climat "Les Quarts" and 0.55 ha of Read more »

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  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Gamay

    History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Bea...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Bodegas Bretón Rioja Reserva Dominio de Conté 1998


    Luscious fruits and strong bottom end make this a robust flavorful wine. Ready to drink with a southern kitchen, even to enjoy alone. Read More

    Wine review by dirkwdeyoung

  • Bret Brothers Domaine de la Soufrandière Pouilly-Vinzelles 2004


    A wonderful 100% Chardonnay. Palate has a richness that is quite delicious, barrel fermented, lovely texture, a big wine with elegance and structure. Touch of ripening strawberry to the flavour. Delicious. Read More

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