Our Wine Estate
A family history
Saying that our wine estate is founded on a great and wonderful family history is no understatement.
The fact is that as far back as we can go in our genealogy, we can only find generations of wine growers. Alain's parents, grandparents and great grandparents were wine growers.
The same goes for Catherine, whose wine-growing family history dates back to at least the 16th century.
So no one was surprised when Valentin and Amandine decided in turn to join the adventure and care for the family vines that saw them grow up.
Every day all four of us can be found on our parcels that extend over 16.3 hectares in Courgis, a small village a few kilometre from Chablis in the Yonne département.
We grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines.
The white grape variety is used for our Chablis, Chablis “Vieilles vignes“ and Chablis 1er Cru “Butteaux” appellations.
Pinot Noir for its part is used to elaborate Irancy appellation wines.
Preserving our heritage: our vines
We have always been driven by a deep respect for our land.
Our wine estate has been certificated HEV since 2019.
For several years now we have favoured healthy wine-growing by working the soil, providing natural green cover for certain vines without any insecticidal treatment and without any rot prevention. For us this is not a trend but rather a veritable philosophy of life.
Our objective is twofold: reduce the impact of our farming practices on the environment as much as possible, and supply a healthy high-quality finished product to consumers.
We work on a living organism and we do our utmost to maintain our soil and grow our vines by respecting the terroir and its typicality for future generations.
Our practices encourage the return and multiplication of microorganisms, insects and birds that enrich the soil.
This has direct beneficial effects on the quality of the grapes and on the wines.
In practical terms, this presupposes specific practices and arrangements, such as:
grinding the bearing wood to encourage the formation of humus in the earth;
providing natural green cover for the vines;
planting hedges to promote biodiversity;
working the soil…