Alain Gautheron is the fifth generation to cultivate vines in Fleys, a village of 160 inhabitants. At one time, the inhabitants of Fleys were called “Gougueys” from the dialect word for snail and in fact M. Gautheron has some extraordinary examples of fossilized snails exhibited in his tasting room. His winery and home are located directly across from the 2 hectare 1er Cru “Les Fourneaux” vineyard. The A.O.C. laws for 1er Cru Chablis allow 40 different vineyards to use just 17 names, the idea being to simplify the nomenclature. In keeping with this practice, the Gautheron’s 3.5 ha  of “Les Fourneaux” are comprised of parcels throughout three 1er Cru vineyards in the commune of Fleys, specifically; Les Fourneaux, Côte des Prés Girots and Le Morein.

Region: Burgundy |  Winemakers: Alain and Cyril Gautheron |  url: www.chablis-gautheron.com

2013 Chablis

Floral aromas and fresh apple and mineral character abound in this traditional Chablis from an exceptional family estate in the tiny village of Fleys, just a short distance North-East of Chablis.



The Giraudon family has been farming and making wine in Chitry for centuries and the current proprietor, Marcel Giraudon, follows very traditional  methods in his work. Their vineyards are on hillsides of Kimmeridgian chalky marl as one finds in Grand Cru Chablis. Yields in the vineyard are kept  modest and harvesting is done by hand. The terroir here is particularly well suited for the Aligoté grape, which makes up 40 percent of the vines planted in the area. Marcel Giraudon has six of his 18.5 hectares planted to Aligoté.

Region: Chitry  |  url: www.giraudon-chitry.com

2014 Aligoté

Crisp and fresh, with refreshing notes of lemon—along with apple and pear, this wine has all of the elegance and grace that has become synonymous with this regal region.