Very high quality Kimmeridgien clay in these plots, with little soil above. 50-70-year old vines. Natural fermentation followed by malolactic. Ageing in stainless steel on fine lees for 12 months. Real intensity here. The old vines with their deep roots bring a sense of the soil, the wines chalky structure supporting it’s concentration and long, detailed finish.
About the Domaine
The Dupre family, Alain & Catherine, can trace their roots in Chablis back generations. In 2019 they took the decision, spurred by the return of their children Valentin & Amandine to the domaine, to withdraw completely from the local co-operative and begin to bottle all of their wine under their own name. We are very pleased they did, and are proud to be bringing the wines to the UK for the first time.
Domaine Dupre can be found in Courgis, a few miles southwest of Chablis itself. The family farm 16ha, which is certified to HEV3, everything is done to protect the soils and the vines, no pesticides or herbicides are allowed, and hedges and wild-flowers have been planted to encourage biodiversity. The family’s philosophy is two-fold; to minimise the impact of their farming on the environment and to produce the finest quality fruit possible. The winery has been completely rebuilt in the last few years. All fermentations take place with natural yeasts, while the wines ferment and age in stainless steel, which winemaker Valentin feels gives the purest expression of terroir.
We were immediately taken with the purity of fruit here- Valentin is a young man with a classical palate, and these are beautifully delineated wines which simply couldn’t come from anywhere but Chablis. Bravo!