Champagne Edouard Brun is a small but perfectly formed, family owned House in the prestigious, Grand Cru village of Aÿ . Producing around 250,000 bottles annualy, they have the benefit both of the high quality of their own vineyards (accounting for around half their production) and grower contracts that permit a larger scale than would otherwise be possible. Edouard Brun, the founder of this house, was born into a family of coopers in 1875. In 1898 he founded the family champagne house of Edouard Brun & Cie. He was joined in 1927 by Edmond Lefèvre,who himself was the son of a much respected producer in Champagne.By 1928 the company’s cellars and offices had been installed, on the site on which they still stand. With the outbreak of the second world war in 1939,Edmond Lefèvre was called up to the army, leaving Edouard Brun to manage the business in his absence.1942 saw the return of Lefevre from the war, by which time their stocks of champagne had become sadly depleted. Edouard Brun died in 1952, and in 1968 Lefèvre retired, leaving the management of the company to his children, Monsieur & Madame Delescot Lefèvre. Now it is their own sons, Emmanuel and Philippe who run the company, described by Tom Stevenson as having "evolved from a very traditional house to a more fruit-driven direction", breathing some fresh air into the old cellars. One of the original Grandes Marques of 1882, Edouard Brun has vineyards rated Premier and Grand Cru. They own eight hectares of vineyards. In the Montagne de Reims,the vineyards are specifically situated in the communes of Chigny-Les-Roses, Ludes and Rilly, all villages classified as Premier crus in Champagnes unique classification.The family’s vineyards around Aÿ are all rated Grands Crus and remain at the core of the business.Use of neutral barrels for all Pinot Noir is a tradition at Brun that goes back to its foundation, with a view to allowing a moderate oxygen exchange rather than oak character, contributing to the rich, rounded style that is a hallmark of the House.