It’s easy to forget that Chablis is part of the Burgundy wine region. Due to its position in the Yonne valley, some 100 miles north of Beaune, the climate is cooler and in many respects it has more in common with champagne that Burgundy. The wines tend to be quite austere and exhibit a stoney minerality. This is mainly due to the soils, which again are more like champagne, with cool limestone and clay. It’s easy to forget too that it’s a Chardonnay – quite unlike any other in fact! In many respects, Chablis is a very much a classic food-friendly style that can age very well indeed. It remains very sensibly priced compared to many other parts of Burgundy.

Domaine Vrignaud is very ably run by son Guillaume – fifth generation of the Vrignaud family to make the wine. His parents live at the property and he and his family live in the sleepy village of Fontenay-près-Chablis amongst the famous Premier Cru Fourchaume vineyards. It’s a farming village, where tractors and barns are a common site. There is little to suggest that it is home to some of the most famous wines in the wine world. But that’s typical rural France!

Outside the exterior buildings are rustic and charming. Inside the winery are state of the art stainless steel tanks, computer controlled, to help give their wines the wonderful aromas and flavours of the surrounding chalky soils. Our wines, a Chablis and a Premier Cru Fourchaume are organically made and capture the essence of the very best Chablis – delicious, pure fruited, austere and mineral yet juicy and tender.