A world class Methode Traditionelle planted and conceived
in Marlborough by Daniel Le Brun
Award-winning champagne-maker, Daniel Le Brun, pioneered the production of Methode Traditionelle wine in Marlborough. Arriving in the province in 1980 he planted the first grapes specifically selected and grown for the production of this wine style. The Marlborough vineyard, set in the beautiful Wairau Valley, No 1 Family Estate is his second venture and was founded in 1997.
Following the strict methods stipulated in his native Champagne, the process begins with hand-picking the grapes in March each year and pressing them in whole bunches using a special Vaslin press, expressly imported from Champagne, along with the company’s other winemaking equipment.
Each wine is aged on its lees, in the bottle, for a minimum of two years, allowing full yeast autolysis, with the resulting wines displaying finesse, elegance and complex champagne-like characters.
Daniel and his family focus on six very special methode traditionelle wines; the rich and creamy Cuvee No 1, a non vintage blanc de blancs made from 100% chardonnay, No 1 Rose, non vintage and 100% Pinot Noir, Cuvee Number 8, a non-vintage blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Reserve Cuvee No 10, Cuvee Virginie and Cuvee Remy (named respectively after their daughter and son), each limited edition wines made only in the finest of years. The wines have achieved numerous accolades since their release resulting in many trophies, gold medals and five stars amassed over the last 30 years.
Exactly as the name suggests, No 1 Family Estate is a family business comprising Daniel and Adele together with their daughter, Virginie and son, Remy. A labour of love, the Le Bruns strive to excel at their passion for producing some of the best sparkling wines in New Zealand.