De Moor Alice et Olivier

Chablis, the great appellation of the northern vineyards of Burgundy, is famous, too famous, to the point that its production is mostly tempted by quantity to the detriment of quality. Only a few minority winegrowers respect the quality requirements of this exceptional terroir in the work of the vineyard as well as in the wine-making process. Among them are Alice and Olivier De Moor, the true figureheads of natural wine in Chablis.

Alice and Olivier De Moor, oenologists by training, worked in the 1980s in various Chablis estates while planting (1989) and preparing the vines that would make up their own estate, created in 1994 in Courgis, Olivier's family village, southwest of Chablis. Very quickly, far from the dominant practices of the appellation, they turned to organic farming, with no treatments other than copper, sulphur and plant extracts, with small yields and fully ripe grapes. The estate is gradually expanding: today it covers 10 hectares in Chablis - in particular the Bel-Air, Clardy and Rosette vineyards and, since 2017, the Mont de Milieu and Vau de Vey 1er Crus - and in the neighbouring appellations of Chitry and Saint-Bris. On these clay-limestone soils, Chardonnay reigns supreme (70%), alongside Aligoté and Sauvignon. The same philosophy of respect for life presides over the vinification, without any correction of the harvest or the must, to draw natural whites with a frank and pure profile, with the brilliance, the freshness and the minerality which do justice to the terroir.

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