The estate / The winegrower.
Domaine Marcel Brubach is a wine estate in Solutré-Pouilly. I produce white wines from the Chardonnay grape variety.
Originally from Bas-Rhin in Alsace, I was very interested in wines, appellations and grape varieties very early on.
Discovering the region, I quickly developed a passion for local wines and trained myself in various estates from the Mâconnais area.
In 2015 I found 1 hectare of vines for rent in Solutré-Pouilly, Pouilly-Fuissé and Mâcon-Solutré appellation, which I cultivate in sustainable cultivation while working alongside.
Encouraged by my relatives, I decided to quickly market a small part of my production in bottles. The Mâcon-Solutré 2016 is my first vintage.
At the start of 2018, luck smiled on me and I grew by 4ha30.
Today I operate 5.30 ha, exclusively in the hamlet of Solutré.
I am above all a winegrower; passionate about the land, its climates, the vineyard.
Although I am not from the village, I nevertheless remain the heir, by adoption, of a long and rich local wine-making tradition. My field is a complex mix of traditions and modern thinking.
It is on the southern borders of Burgundy that the Mâconnais vineyards and their magnificent landscape are established.
Thanks to the variety of soils and microclimates, it offers an immense palette of aromas and tones combining richness and finesse. My white wines are produced exclusively from Chardonnay grapes. All of my plot is located exclusively in the hamlet of Solutré.
There are the rocks of Solutré and Vergisson which shape the landscape. These mountains culminating at more than 450 meters are famous for their « limestone lawns », that is to say a very calcareous bedrock soil. It is precisely on the slopes and around that the plots are harvested giving birth to the famous Pouilly-Fuissé wine.
Winemaking / how I work.
Because the wine is made above all in the vineyard, each gesture, each intervention has an impact, I therefore cultivate it in a sustainable approach, respectful of our environment.
- Soil Working, preservation of hedges, trees, dry stone walls.
- No use of insecticides. Treatments of the vines minimized to the maximum.
Thanks to my agroecological practices, I obtained HVE (High Environmental Value) certification, level III, in 2018. This certification highlights all the steps taken on the farm to maintain biodiversity and reduce the use of phytosanitary products.
The vines are harvested manually at optimum maturity. The yield has already been mastered at pruning. We take care of the grapes from picking to tank, with a minimum of trituration. It is by preserving the grapes as much as possible that I obtain wines of great freshness, with a preserved fruit.
Controlling the chain from start to finish, from cultivation to bottling, is the essential pride of the estate: here we cultivate the vines, we harvest the grapes, we vinify, we age the wine and we put it in bottle at the property.
The harvest is manual, the grapes are sorted on the plot before vinification and are pressed very subtly. The juices are kept cold for 24 hours and then placed in stainless steel vats (for Mâcon-Solutré) or in barrels (Pouilly-Fuissé and Pouilly-Fuissé 1er Cru) for fermentation. The aging is done on lees, with frequent stirring for a period of 8 to 10 months before bottling.
New barrels never represent more than 30% of the total, so the woodiness of the wine is perfectly controlled.
My wines :
Mâcon-Solutré « Les Condemines”
The entry level of my domain. My Mâcon-Solutré, however, has everything a great. “Les Condemines” is a hill facing the famous Solutré rock. The soils are very clayey and deep.
Low temperature vinification in stainless steel vats. The simplest expression of Chardonnay. A very dominant, tangy fruit.
Pouilly Fuissé « Les Diablotins”
“Les Diablotins” is a cuvée made from a blend of very small plots located at the entrance to the hamlet of Solutré. These plots are historically famous. The vilification is done in Burgundy oak barrels (228 liters) aged 2 to 5 years. No sulfur added until the aging phase of the wines. Aging that lasts between 8 and 10 months.
If you’re wondering why “Les Diablotins”, it’s probably because you’ve never met my two sons (« Les Diablotins » mean « Little Devils » in french). It is a Pouilly-Fuissé with character, but which retains a lot of freshness. Complexity and body. Aromas of honey and nice citrus notes.
Pouilly Fuissé Premier cru « Les Vignerais”
Since the 2020 vintage, this plot cuvée has been included in the new 1er cru classification of the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. The old name of the cuvée « Les Crays » disappears for reasons of disambiguation to become « Au Vignerais ».
This plot, located upstream from the village of Solutré, is historically renowmed. The vinification takes place in 300 liter “Muid” oak barrels. Less than 1/3 new barrels. No sulfur added until the aging phase of the wines. Aging between 8 and 10 months.
This wine stands out naturally for its power and concentration. Fineness and candied aromas, with subtly minty notes.