No. 1 Family Estate
New Zealand methode traditionelle specialist and Champagne-maker, Daniel Le Brun, launched his wholly family-owned wine producing business in July 1999, utilising the same processes perfected by his Champagne-making family in France over the last 12 generations.
The winery has been set up with state of the art processing equipment, imported from Champagne. Marketer and Champagne-maker Adele and Daniel Le Brun, and their children, Virginie and Remy, own the company.
This venture is dedicated solely to the production of methode traditionnelle. The five methodes produced at N° 1 Family Estate are Cuvée N° 1, a non-vintage blanc de blancs (100% chardonnay), No 1 Rosé a non-vintage, 100% Pinot Noir, Cuvée Number 8, a non-vintage blend, Reserve Cuvée 10, a limited edition, and when appropriate two vintage blends created in only the finest years, namely Cuvée Remy and Cuvée Virginie. Production remains focused and will always be a limited edition, thereby allowing attention to detail and the use of only top quality grapes.
Born in the village of Monthelon in France’s Champagne region, winemaker Daniel Le Brun came to New Zealand in 1975 looking for land suitable to develop into methode champenoise vineyards. A 12th generation Champagne-maker, Daniel Le Brun’s family has been producing Champagne since 1648, and continue to this day. Father René, brother Jean-Claude and sister Isabel all produce under their own labels.
In July 1996 Daniel Le Brun was awarded France’s highest non-military medal, the National Order of Merit, in recognition of his services to France and her people, and again in 2002 he was awarded the Order of Merit for services to agriculture. He is not the first member of his family to be decorated by a French government. His grandfather Nestor Le Brun was awarded France’s highest military medal for valour.