A Chablis domaine producing all the Chablis appellations
Domaine Yves Girardin covers 22.5 hectares in Maranges, Savigny-les-Beaune, Santenay, Chassagne-Montrachet, Pommard and Beaune. The vineyards are planted with 16.5 hectares of Pinot Noir and 6 hectares of Chardonnay. The Girardin family has been cultivating the vines for 11 generations and its activity really developed in the 1960s thanks to Jean Girardin. After a childhood spent in the vineyards and winery, Yves was fascinated by the art of winemaking. In 1981, the family domaine's 12 hectares were separated and Yves found himself at the head of a 3-hectare holding. Wishing to expand and diversify the range of wines from these appellations, he purchased vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet and Pommard and today he works 22.5 hectares. In 2003, the domaine expanded with the construction of a new winery. Fine wine production of course requires quality grapes. The estate therefore strives to evolve its practices in the vineyards with work and projects intended to control yields and rationalise the use of pesticides in the vineyards. The grapes are harvested by hand and the wine is made in the purest Burgundy tradition with ageing completed in barrels. After 12 to 14 months' spent maturing, the wine is bottled at the domaine.