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The History of Alain Gautheron Wines

In 1977, Alain Gautheron, the sixth generation of a family of winegrowers, joined his father Jean in the family business. At that time, the estate covered 8 hectares, producing a modest 10,000 bottles per year.

By 1991, Jean Gautheron retired, and Alain took over the entire farm, expanding it to 14.5 hectares.

In 2001, Cyril, Alain's son, settled on the family farm, leading to the creation of a new winery to enhance their winemaking capabilities.

Three years later, in 2004, they further invested in their infrastructure by establishing a new facility for receiving grape harvests and pressing.

In 2020, Agnès, Cyril's companion, joined the family farm, adding to the legacy of the Gautheron wines.

The Significance of Alain Gautheron Wines

Today, the Alain Gautheron estate stretches over 28 hectares of vineyards, spanning across three prestigious appellations: Petit Chablis, Chablis, and Chablis Premier Cru (Vaucoupin, Mont de Milieu, Fourneaux, Montée de Tonnerre, Homme Mort, Vaillons, and Montmains).

With a production capacity of 220,000 bottles per year, Alain Gautheron wines embody the essence of Chablis. The vineyards thrive on the distinct subsoils of the region.

Terroir and Subsoils

The Chablis vineyard is blessed with two distinct types of subsoils: the "Portlandian" and the "Kimmeridgian," both remnants of ancient geological eras.

The "Kimmeridgian" soil, originating from the Jurassic period over 180 million years ago, consists of marly limestone brimming with marine fossils, notably the comma-shaped small oysters known as "ostrea virgula" or "exogyra virgula." This unique soil composition imparts the mineral character for which the estate's wines are renowned.

The "Portlandian" layer, a calcareous soil with low clay content and devoid of fossils, belongs to the upper stratum of the Kimmeridgian dating from the Cretaceous period. Wines produced on this soil primarily fall into the Petit-Chablis classification, with Chablis being less common. All other appellations from the estate are situated on Kimmeridgian soil.

Climate and Vineyard Location

Chablis lies within the semi-continental climatic zone, characterized by significant temperature variations. Summers are hot, while winters can be cold and harsh. Notably, the region faces a high risk of frosts during the spring, requiring the implementation of various control methods such as heaters and preventive watering.

The Gautheron estate is situated in Fleys, a quaint village with a population of 150, nestled on the side of a hill. The commune's territory encompasses approximately 200 hectares of vineyards, including two premier crus: Mont de Milieu and Les Fourbeaux.

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