Château Grenouilles, Chablis Grand Cru
Château Grenouilles, through the ages
Château Grenouilles, a mythical wine
Situated right in the heart of the Grand Crus, at the foot of the hillside known as “Grenouilles”, the Domaine de Château Grenouilles is unique and exceptional in Chablis. This plot of 7.20 ha (17.8 acres) has only one occupant; Grenouilles vines. With a magnificent south-west aspect, facing the village of Chablis, this vineyard produces the rarest of the Grand Crus. The result of two small plots of old vines, Château Grenouilles unites olfactory precision; purity of taste, harmony between strength and finesse in addition to a very long finish on the palate. Offering great keeping potential, it is the incarnation of a great Chablis wine and ambassador of the terroir.
The second wine of the Château, "Le Fief de Grenouilles" perfectly embodies the style of Grenouilles soil. Produced from vines aged more than thirty-five years old, it expresses the generosity, the harmony between the fullness and the elegance combined with the true mineral style of a Chablis Grand Cru.
The Grand Crus of Chablis
The Grand Crus of Chablis are known to wine lovers worldwide as the “kings” of the appellation. Situated close to the village of Chablis and only on the right bank of the river Serein, they constitute an ensemble of 100 hectares (247 acres) mostly facing south-west. Their geographical limits are defined by the hillsides. Chablis Grand Cru wines have very powerful personalities that time can only amplify. They need at least five to eight years ageing in order for their character to begin to be unveiled as the cellaring potential is remarkable. The grapes from these seven Grand Cru plots are harvested and vinified separately by La Chablisienne in order to respect the different characteristics:
• Bougros: lively and mineral,
• Les Preuses: length and breeding,
• Vaudésir: fleshy and powerful,
• Les Clos: dry and mineral
• Blanchot: supple and aromatic,
• Grenouilles: elegant and fruity.