Brimoncourt | Welcome to Fesq & Co.
Champagne Brimoncourt fits the Fesq & Company culture of privately held, visionary wine brands. It is our first foray into champagne for us in nearly twenty years, and it has been a patient wait for the right partner.
In reviving the Champagne Brimoncourt brand, Alexandre Cornot has achieved something rare and special; a new entrant to the Champagne field- playful, whimsical, but of very high quality. The wines remind me of a less serious time in Champagne; designed to drink whilst standing, share with joy.
David Fesq 2018
A charming story of the old and the new. An old name steeped in the history of Champagne that had disappeared from labels since the 1950s. Alexandre Cornot, a young former art dealer and native of Reims, revived the brand in 2008 and set out on a quest for the “perfect Champagne House”.
Cornot’s spirit of adventure and entrepreneur-ism is reflected in the lively wines with strong personality. His move to establish a new brand in the closed-off world of Champagne was a brave one.
The wines are born in Aÿ, the historical heart of the Champagne region. Their quest for excellence relies upon access to the best crus in Champagne.
Brimoncourt takes us back to the time when Champagne was a light and joyful wine a wine for drinking with friends and not at all formal or pretentious.
The name Champagne Brimoncourt was last discovered on a wine label in the 1950s, before it disappeared for a long time. In a bold move, Alexandre Cornot revived the sleeping beauty in 2008. A native of Reims with a spirit of adventure, Cornot set out on a quest for the "perfect Champagne House" which, in his opinion, had yet to be discovered. Cornot, a former lawyer, Navy officer and entrepreneur, had been living in New York following his love of art and working for the famous auction house Christie's, when he took a call from a friend whose business at home was in bankruptcy. The printing factory in Aÿ, the historic centre of Champagne, was where Houses from all around the region ordered their labels. Cornot bought the ailing printing business and returned home, also purchasing the Brimoncourt brand. Cornot's family legacy - a great passion for the arts as well as his military roots - and the combined influence of artistic creation and daring adventure, breathed life back into the long forgotten Brimoncourt brand. "Work, will power and innovation" are the first three values he espouses. Establishing a brand new Champagne House during the global financial crisis, and in a region steeped in tradition, was an aggressive move. Cornot has achieved one of the most difficult tasks one can see themselves confronted with in the wine industry - that is to launch a new brand into the highly closed-off world of Champagne.
CORNOT’S VISION is "to get back to the original DNA of champagne, to the time when it was a light and joyful wine, a wine that was drunk with friends, a wine for meeting with people but not at all formal. It's this DNA that is missing today with certain manufacturers. There are some very complex champagnes out there but that's not necessarily what people want to drink, I claim the freedom to be light."
Brimoncourt work with select growers focussing on Premier and Grand Cru vineyards that share the same philosophies, such as sustainable vineyard practices throughout the entire growing cycle: soil and vine nutrition, biodiversity preservation and a focus on strengthening of natural defences. As a company, Brimoncourt have developed carefully – volume and accelerated growth play no part in their strategy. The cuvées are low dosage and 100% tank fermented to achieve the stylistic goal of lightness, freshness and purity of fruit character. Elevage is extended beyond requirements to reveal great terroir expression. Minimum 3yrs for the Brut Régence and 4-5yrs for the Extra Brut.