When brothers Jean-Guillaume and Jean-Philippe Bret took over La Soufrandière
, their family estate in the village of Vinzelles, in 2000, they founded a négociant operation to complement it : Bret Brothers
. The family property included 4 hectares (10 acres) in the Pouilly-Vinzelles climat (vineyard site) Les Quarts and 0.55 hectares (1.4 acres) in the climat Les Longeays. The vines, ranging from 25 to 70 years of age, are magnificently situated on the upper part of the hillside, on clay-limestone soil and facing southeast. Since 2005 Bret Brothers has worked two parcels totaling 1.6 hectares (4 acres) in Mâcon-Vinzelles, one of which is the famous Clos de Grand-Père.
In order to bring out the full potential of the terroir, Bret Brothers began following organic viticulture in 2000, keeping yields low with natural techniques like debudding, and in 2001 they adopted biodynamic methods and treatments for all of their vineyards. La Soufrandière, too, has been certified biodynamic by Demeter since the 2006 vintage. When the grapes reach peak maturity they are hand harvested and vinified separately by parcel—an approach that Bret Brothers considers crucial to making grands vins de Bourgogne.
More informations on the website Bret Brothers