Moulis en Medoc, France
Chateau Brillette is one of the most highly reputed vineyards of Moulis-en-Médoc. The estate boasts 100 continuous hectares, with 40 hectares of vines classified appellation d’origine controlée. Among the oldest vineyards in the Médoc region, Chateau Brillette entered into the possession of the Flageul family in 1976 after belonging to the Comte du Perier de Larsan and his family for nearly a century. Three generations later their passion is unabated. In 2000 the cellars and winery were completely renovated.
Brillette sits on the choicest terroir of Moulis: little gravel hills dating from the Gunz glacial period in the Pleistocene. The sub-soil is clay, and provides a reservoir of moisture in times of drought. Brillette’s 40 hectares are planted with Merlot (48%), Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Cabernet Franc (9%) and Petit Verdot (3%). Viticulture is sustainable, with ploughing between the rows, leaf-thinning and a green harvest when necessary.
The grapes are de-stemmed and rigorously hand-sorted. Each microplot is vinified separately. The wine sits on the skins after fermentation for a period varying according to vintage. The free-run juice is kept in tank until malolactic fermentation is complete, while the press wine goes directly to barrel. Eric Boissenot is the consulting oenologist, with special input on the blends.