The noble Chardonnay, unique grape varietal planted in Chablis, expresses very distinctive characteristics that makes Chablis wines so different from all the other chardonnay-based Burgundy wines, such as Montrachet or Meursault wines.
In 1887, Philloxera, a disease that nearly erased vines in Europe, devastated the Chablis vineyards. It was then replanted on a smaller scale. It gained official recognition in 1938, when it officially became an “Appellation d’Origine Controlée”, or an AOC. The Comte de Béru, late husband of the current owner, Laurence de Béru, and father of Athénaïs replanted the domain vineyards in the 80’s. Athénaïs took over the running of the property in 2004.
The planting density reaches 6000 vines per hectare. The pruning system is Guyot double shoot. This allows competition to take place between the plants and leads to a natural yield regulation while guarantying enough foliage to grow to provide optimal grape maturity.