Chablis 1er Cru, Domaine 47N 3E, Guillaume Michaut, 1er Cru Beauroy
In order to precisely extract the best expression of this terroir, the grapes are manually harvested, and immediately sorted. Then, the vinification is made in an underground cellar [natural thermoregulation], the clear juices are vinified in stainless steel vats. The gentle fermentations are decreed by the yeasts and bacterias naturally present in the grape juice, and in the cellar. Aging for 14 months on fine lees heightens the aromatic volume of this Premier Cru and refine its unique characteristics.
Guillaume Michaut has been surrounded by vineyards and the history of Chablis since childhood. As a teenager, Guillaume worked alongside his father and uncles in the vineyards and joined the family domaine in 2004. After his father passed away, Guillaume realized that his vision was starkly different from that of his uncles, and decided to set out on his own with his small share of family vines back in 2018. These vineyards represent just over one hectare altogether. Michaut’s parcel was planted in 1980 and is located more precisely in the lieu-dit Côte de Savant, found just outside of the town of Beines. Guillaume developed an interest in organic farming and low-intervention winemaking and adopted a winemaking philosophy that respects the terroir and the vineyard over the process and the winemaker. Setting out on his own was an opportunity to put this belief into action and began with promoting the place [rather than himself] by naming his domaine 47 N 3 E, which refers to the longitude and latitude of his hometown of Beines. He produces two Premier Cru wines from Beauroy and Côte de Savant. Fruit for these cuvées comes from the exact same vineyard, which can be labeled as Beauroy *or* Côte de Savant. Beauroy is aged in stainless steel, while the Côte de Savant is fermented and aged in 500L oak demi-muids.