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Ecueil, a small village located ten minutes SouthWest of Reims on the " Montagne de Reims ", is easily recognizable by it's Church higher off centered in an amphitheater made of vineyards separating Chamery and Villedommange in a Belvedere.
Ecueil is where the five generations of Brugnon have been living working and keeping jealously their Secret Recipe of Champagne. It's a place where Alain Brugnon welcomes you to come, visit and meet. He likes to keep a special atmosphere around Champagne.
The vineyards of Champagne M.Brugnon are spread out across the Montagne de Reims, in Ecueil, Rilly La Montagne and Mont Saint Père in the Vallée de la Marne.
To make Champagne, winemakers use three varieties of grapes Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay which they plant on a soil that contains chalk, sand and clay. The Chalky soil is ideal for champagne wine. It absorbs water during the winter and gives it back to the vine's roots during the summer. The same way around, it absorbs heat during summer to give it back in winter.

• 3ha of Pinot Noir in Ecueil, planted on Marl and siliceous Sands inherited from Alain's Father ;
• 1ha of Chardonnay in Rilly La Montagne, inherited from the maternal side of Alain on outcropping chalky grounds ;
• 4ha50 of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir in Mont Saint Pere vineyard who come from the visionary ideas of his parents in the 70's.
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Alain Brugnon is a passionate and generous winemaker. Involved in the long term vine growing he practices on his land and by his respectuous vinifications of the raw material. Different changes have been brought to the winery such as management of the effluents, rainwater harvesting… ).
Alain Brugnon is a man of decision and cohesion, free and engaged. He animates a good number of associations and groups whom reunite around Champagne. He express's his knowledge through out his own winery but also through the Cooperative of Ecueil of which he is the President.He expresses himself not only in the Cooperative of Ecueil but also in his own winery where he works his own wine's vinifications.
Alain Brugnon inherits vineyards linked to a family philosophy.
• Ludovic Brugnon who was the first Brugnon to own Land in Ecueil.
• Maurice Brugnon who created Champagne M. Brugnon as a brand and was the founder of the Cooperative Vinicole of Ecueil.
• Michèle Chauvet was Marc Brugnon's Wife, she inherited Rilly La Montagne's vineyard parcels from the Chauvet Family.
• Marc Brugnon, was the winemaker but also the politician. He founded groups of young winemakers and became President of the Syndicat General des Vignerons de la Champagne. From 1978 to 1994.
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In the Brugnon Family, since 4 generations, assembling the soils has been a constance and a necessity. Wines from Ecueil assure their quality by the assembly of Pinot Noir from Ecueil, major wine used in the assembly, completed by two other soils, Pinot Meunier in Mont Saint Père and Chardonnays in Rilly La Montagne. Alain composes his wines by taking into account the sensorial specificities of each wines, which is what makes the difference and shows Champagne Brugnon's particular balance and what Alain Brugnon brings to it.
The knowledge of assembling associated to the growth of the wine older than 3 years in a Cave participates to it's unique taste.
Brut is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 15 % Pinot Meunier extracted from grapes grown on 60% sand parcels in Ecueil and 40% clay/chalk parcels in Val de Marne with 25% Chardonnay reserve wine added for finesse. The Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes lend a golden straw color with hints of red fruit to this powerful bouquet. The BRUT is appropriate for all occasions: cocktails, receptions and selected menus.
Brut Selection is a blend of 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir extracted from grapes grown on 65% chalk parcels and 45% sand parcels. It's greyish or pale old gold color with slightly green reflections is due to the Chardonnay. The long mouth comes from the mineral aspect of the Chardonnay grape. The wines in this champagne are selected for their elegance, femininity, finesse and lightness.
Brut Rosé is a blend of 15% red wine, 20% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier. The red wine accentuates the Pinot caracteristics: red fruit, raspberry and blueberry. It is pale pink when young and evolves from salmon pink to dark orange with age. A very original wine !
The Brut Vintage always results of blending Chardonnays of Rilly La Montagne (2/3) and Pinot Noir of d’Ecueil (1/3). A more mature wine, perfect as an aperitif, he also goes extremely well with see food, fresh aromas and all delicate plates. To mark rarer occasions!
La vendange 2010 a fait suite à un mois d’août très pluvieux, et seuls nos raisins blancs sont arrivés à maturité en excellent état. Il convenait donc de les mettre en valeur.
En résulte cette cuvée millésimée, 100% Chardonnay, inhabituelle pour la maison. Elle se caractérise par une belle acidité et de la fraîcheur, mais aussi une longueur généreuse.
The same wine as the BRUT with 40 grams of sugar ; the BRUT contains only 10. The sugar amplifies the aromas resulting in a more voluminous mouth , a wine perfect for deserts and sweets.
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Brut Brut Sélection Rosé Brut Millésimé Brut Blanc de Blancs Demi-Sec
Those three Crus, by their difference of geology, their different types of plant and plantation, and
their different climates compose the original wines. ( Clear Wines ). Then Alain Brugnon assembles them to create for each a Cuvée M.Brugnon.
Ecueil - Rilly la Montagne - Mont-Saint-Père
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