Bret Brothers

Great white wines from the Mâcon wine-growing region and reds from the Beaujolais region.

Our wine-growers’ micro-winery

We set up Bret Brothers in early August 2001 with the aim of producing very fine terroir wines, mainly from the Mâcon wine-producing region in Southern Burgundy.

This undoubtedly ambitious objective demands a set of strict specifications, which are very important to us, namely:

  • selecting small plots of old vines being worked by enthusiastic wine-growers, on very specific terroir ;
  • buying-in only standing grapes (around 60% of all grapes bought are certified Organic) ;
  • hand-picking of ripe grapes by our own team;
  • vinification using 100% natural yeasts;
  • matured and bottled in-house;

all these steps are performed with the same care, the same passion as for the grapes coming from our own La Soufrandière estate.

We are currently producing around 55,000 bottles in 20 different cuvées, from a total of around 10 ha.

Since the 2013 vintage, we have also been expanding our range with the fine wines from the Beaujolais region (Fleurie and Morgon), magical terroirs too long overlooked.

1 wine Bret Brothers = 1 plot with vines > 40 years old = 1 wine-grower rigorous, passionate

Except the Mâcon-Villages “Terroirs du Mâconnais” and Pouilly-Fuissé “Terres de Vergisson”
A selection of plots with vines that are at least 40 years old.

For the Life of the terroirs

Ever since the 2006 vintage, Bret Brothers has been verified and certified by ECOCERT for its Organic wines In 2013, we produced 10 cuvées certified as Organic Wines (not counting those from our own estate). This is very much a commitment on our part to support sustainable agriculture, in which we are great believers. The wines are all the more vibrant because of this. 😉

10 Organic-certified wines out of a total of 20 “micro-cuvées” – small batches of only 900 to 4,000 bottles each

Bret Brothers: The name

Lots of people ask us about our English-sounding name “Bret Brothers”. Yet we don’t have any close English or American ties…

Even before we started selling our first Bret Brothers vintage, Becky Wasserman (who would become our agent for the USA from the 2000 vintage) and Jean-Marie Guffens (where we were interns in 1995 and 1996) had both unwittingly christened us the “BRET BROTHERS”. So when we were looking for a name for our small grape-buying concern, it just seemed the obvious choice! And that’s how the Bret Brothers were born! Cheers!

Cask cellar
Cask cellar
Chardonnay grape
Chardonnay grape
Marco (up), JGui (down)
Marco (up), JGui (down)
Racking a cask
Racking a cask
Bud pruning
Bud pruning
Solutré Rocky
Solutré Rocky
JPhi (left), JPhi (right)
JPhi (left), JPhi (right)
Maturity samples
Maturity samples
Solutré Rocky
Solutré Rocky
Burgundian barrels of 228 l
Burgundian barrels of 228 l
Under the press, juice running
Under the press, juice running