Domaine Vincent & Francois Jouard

France, Bourgogne, Côte de Beaune

 
 

Sustainable


For a long time we had been seeking the right producer of Chassagne Montrachet - great quality, yet value. I was speaking with a well-known producer in Chassagne and he mentioned the brothers Jouard whose domaine is right across from the church on the Place de L’ Eglise. Vincent and Francois Jouard have some of the best holdings in Chassagne and some of the oldest vines. This family-run estate, taken over by the Jouard brothers in 1990, existed before 1820. Francois is the winemaker and Vincent works in the vines. At 11 hectares (a little over 27 acres), they produce 95% white wines and only 5% red Chassagne-Montrachet. Very attached to their roots and the value of the soil handed down to them by their family, they reject automatic decisions and each task is adapted to each barrel. The same philosophy applies to vineyard work: sustainable viticulture with extensive plowing in order to avoid chemical weeding. The only vines that go into the Jouard estate bottlings are old vines (average over 50 years), therefore Vieilles Vignes appears on every label. All vineyards are entirely hand-harvested and only indigenous yeasts are used in the fermentations. For all the wines, except Batard, Francois  uses 1/3 new oak.

 

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge Pinot Noir - - Sustainable
Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 45 years Clay-limestone Sustainable
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Maltroie" Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 60 years 60 years Sustainable
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot "Les Fairendes" V.V. Chardonnay 85 years Clayey limestone and deep red soil Sustainable
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Chenevottes" Chardonnay 10 and 45 years 10 and 45 years Sustainable
Chass.-Mont. 1er Cru Les Chaumées "Clos de La Truffiere" V.V. Chardonnay 25 and 65 years Stoney and shallow, pure rock Sustainable
Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 3/4 75 years, 1/4 20 years Brown limestone soil, stoney and rich clay loams Sustainable