Clean and aromatic with citrus and apple notes that follow through on the palate. Well-balanced. Crisp with good acidity and minerality; all the hallmarks of the unique terroir of Chablis.
The grapes are grown on mostly South/Southwest facing slopes, on Kimmeridgian limestone (composed of Exogyra virgula oyster fossils)
A native of Touraine, Jean-Claude Courtault arrived at Lignorelles in 1974 to work as Vineyard Manager for one of the village's wine estates. In 1984, JC Courtault seized the chance to buy 1.5 hectares of 4 year old vines in the Chablis area. Next, he rented a plot of land also in the Chablis appellation, which he then planted with the help of his wife, Marie-Chantal. And so the Estate Jean-Claude Courtault was born. Ever since, JC has been perfecting his craft which he now shares with his daughter Stéphanie and her husband Vincent Michelet. The Domaine now has 20 hectares and produces Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru, Chablis Grand Cru.
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In the beginning: JC Courtault Estate
Originally from Touraine, Jean-Claude Courtault arrived in Lignorelles in 1974 as a chef of culture for a wine estate in the village.
In 1984 , JC Courtault had the opportunity to acquire a vineyard then aged 4, planted in Chablis on 1.5 hectare. Then, he rents a plot of land in the Chablis appellation, which he plants with the help of his wife Marie-Chantal. The domain Jean-Claude Courtault is created .
Over the years, while maintaining his responsibilities as a chef de culture, JC Courtault expands and operates his vineyard.
He vinified his wines and began their marketing in bottles in 1987, vintage for which he won a gold medal at the Concours Général des Vins de Paris.
This medal is the beginning of a series of awards that mark the career of JC Courtault, a sign of quality and consistency of his wines.
The 1994 edition of Guide Hachette brings a commercial boost to the Domaine Jean-Claude Courtault, giving three stars to its Chablis 1992.
In 1995, when the estate has a dozen hectares in Chablis and Petit Chablis, Jean-Claude Courtault decides to devote himself full time to its exploitation. He builds a cellar containing all the elements necessary to work in an optimal way.
The estate has continued to develop its vineyard to reach its current area of 20 hectares .
The story continues with Domaine Michelet
In 2007, Stephanie the daughter of JC and MC Courtault, returned to work at the Estate accompanied by her husband Vincent Michelet.StAphanie_Vincent_2.jpg
Having been able to acquire lands in Petit Chablis in their name, they decided to create in parallel their own estate " Stéphanie and Vincent MICHELET ". Today, Domaine Michelet operates 6 ha of Petit Chablis and 0.80 ha of Chablis, including a 60-year-old vine.
And as history repeats, the first vintage bottle of Domaine Michelet, a Petit Chablis 2008, received a gold medal at the Chablis Wine Competition.
Mutualisation of means and know-how.
The two areas work in synergy by sharing buildings, equipment, and labor; the vines and the wines are driven in the same way, each bringing his know-how.
Today the two domains work as if there were only one ...