We offered some great selections from Edouard Brun over the years, but this takes the top spot for the most exciting Champagne we have offered from this Address in Ay. With roots going back to 1875, Eduard Brun, while not a common name, has been producing Champagne in the Montagne de Reims for years, starting as a family of coopers. This small 8-hectare production has holdings in a few excellent premier crus, including Chigny-Les -Roses, Ludes, and Rilly, with vines in the grand cru commune of Ay. This is a special Cuvee as it was just disgorged this year after being on the lees for 21 years. Based on their Vintage Brut, this is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir which are sourced from their vineyards in Ay. For fermentation, the Pinot and Chardonnay were vinified separately, with the Pinot seeing barrel fermentation and the Chardonnay completed in stainless steel tank. Both varietals went through Malolactic fermentation on their own and typically age at the cellars for five years minimum. Still, as with many great vintages, some are left to age for longer and released many years later, referred to as Vinotheque or Oenotheque, and are typically very pricey. The dosage here is around 7 grams. After all this time aging, this complex Champagne still shows excellent freshness and fruit. At the time, this was a wine that needed years in the cellar before one could even think about popping one, but the beauty here is the House did all the work, and it is absolutely gorgeous now with excellent development with nice marks on the original release on CellarTracker from not too long ago. These recently disgorged (2021) bottles are some of the only in the world right now and are highly recommended for those looking for great Champagne with age that won't break the bank.