Originally from Corrèze, Jean-Baptiste BRUNOT 1st is the first to be involved with wine around the end of the 19th century. He was a pioneer of direct sales to private customers in northern France, Belgium and Switzerland.
The second generation, represented by Albert BRUNOT, continued with the extension of the Estate. He particularly impressed customers with his friendliness, his generosity and his constant quest for quality.
His son, Jean-Baptiste BRUNOT, took over the family farm after studying medicine and oenology at Bordeaux University. He enlarged the vineyard in 1970 by acquiring the Château Tour de Grenet from the Lussac-Saint-Émilion appellation.
In 1978, Mr. and Mrs. BRUNOT bought Château Piganeau in Saint-Émilion.
Then in 1984, Mrs. BRUNOT retakes the family property Château Maledan, (Bordeaux Supérieur), located ten kilometres east of Bordeaux in the Entre-deux-Mers, literally "between two seas" actually referring to the Dordogne and the Garonne rivers.
Since 1997, their son Vincent BRUNOT, agricultural engineer and oenologist continues the marketing effort of the wines of the BRUNOT family both in France and abroad.
Today the Brunot Vineyards mostly export their wines to Belgium, Germany, Denmark, England, Switzerland and China but you can always find these wines at the wine merchants and the wholesalers of the region as well as in wine cellars throughout France.
Winefantastic's John Greenwold first encountered the Brunot wines at a trade show in Dusseldorf many years ago. Jean-Baptiste (the 2nd) was sharing a stand with an existing Alsatian supplier and we tasted the wines almost as a courtesy.
They were stunning and served to completely change John's then-view of Bordeaux as being all en Primeur nonsense, silly pricing and thin red wine. Part of the appeal was Jean-Baptiste's refusal to engage in any of the "Bordeaux Bullshit" - he made honest wines which he then sold at a sensible price.
For us, Malden is for every day, Tour de Grenet is a little treat with some beef, Piganeau and Gravillot are for when we feel like celebrating with friends.
We sell these wines well in the local wholesale trade.