Burgundy

Clotilde Davenne

Clotilde Davenne

Time Well Spent

Clotilde Davenne dubbed her 1.9 hectare plot of 25 year old chardonnay vines in Petit Chablis “Les Temps Perdu.” This was both an homage to Proust’s massive novel, and a reference to what the locals told her about the land; that it was a waste of time to work. “Why bother with Petit Chablis,” they asked. But this plot was completely in kimmeridgien terroir, just like Chablis, it was only its exposition – western – that made it “petit.” Clotilde’s decision to go her own way and ignore the conventional wisdom is indicative of her manner of working in her vines and cellar. She is a truly independent vigneron.

Along with the wonderful range of wines Clotilde bottles from her estate holdings, she has access to fruit from prémier and grand cru vineyards in Chablis grown by vigneron who work to her exacting specification. In her own vines Clotilde is working naturally as possible, without the use of chemicals, and almost all of her production is harvested by hand. In the cellar all the wines undergo malolactic fermentation, a conscious decision by Clotilde, as she feels it brings greater complexity to the wines.”

Clotilde continues to make bold decisions and strike her own path. When hail and frost nearly decimated her yields in recent years, she began a negociant project, making wines from sustainably grown gamay and chardonnay from the Macon. We are very excited to begin selling these wines in the US. Never listening to the doubters, Clotilde has taken a plot of “waste of time” vines and developed it into the rewarding project of a lifetime.

The Wines

CDCremant

Crémant de Bourgogne ‘Extra Brut’ NV

Hand harvested grapes and vinified in méthode champenoise with no dosage. Blend of 40% Chardonnay 60% Pinot Noir from Préhy. Kimmeridgien calcaire soils. 18 months sur lattes.

91 pts – Wine Enthusiast, December 2020

Chablis

Chablis

100% Chardonnay from 35+ year old vines from the village of Courgis (Chablis AOC). Pure Kimmeridgian soils. Hand harvested and fermented in tank. 100% malolactic and rested on lees for 8-12 months, bottled after racking off the lees.

2018 – 91 pts – Wine Enthusiast, December 2020

Montmains

Chablis 1er Cru 'Montmains'

100% Chardonnay from 45 year old vines from the village of Courgis. Pure kimmeridgien limestone with fossilized oysters. Hand harvested and fermented in tank. 100% malolactic and rested on lees for 12-18 months, bottled after racking off the lees.

2017 – 89-91 pts Allen Meadows Issue 72 4th Quarter 2018
2018 – 90 pts Neal Martin, Vinous Sept 2020

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Chablis Grand Cru 'Les Clos'

100% Chardonnay from 40+ year old vines planted to a lower parcel of the Cru, adjacent to the Valmur Cru. Hand harvested and fermented with natural yeasts in tank. Aged 12-18 months on fine lees in stainless steel.

2017 – 90-93 pts Allen Meadows Issue 72, 4th Quarter 2018
2017 – 96 pts Wine Enthusiast, December 2020

Bourgogne blanc

Bourgogne Blanc

100% Chardonnay from vines planted in front of Davenne’s home and cellar in the village of Préhy. Hand-harvested, fermented with natural yeasts in stainless steel.

Aligote front

Bourgogne Aligoté

– 100% Aligoté from 10 year old vines in the village of Saint-Bris le Vineux in the Yonne valley. De-stemming and pneumatic pressing followed by natural yeast fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. 8-12 months aging in tank, then filtered and bottled.
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Saint-Bris

100% Sauvignon from a 4 ha parcel in the village of St Bris le Vineaux. 20+ year old vines with a northern exposure. Kimmeridgian and Portlandian soils. Fermented in tank, full malolactic. Rested on lees for 8-12 months, bottled after racking off the lees.
SAINT BRISVV

Saint-Bris Vieilles Vignes

100% Sauvignon from a 3.5 ha parcel of 60-108 year old Sauvignon vines planted to kimmeridgian soils. Yield of only 12hl/ha. Fermented in tank, full malolactic.

2017 – 89-91 pts Allen Meadows Issue 72 4th Quarter 2018