Traditionnal wine making..
In order to keep the character of each terroir, Pascal Bouchard makes traditional vinifications and ageings, by choosing the most natural way (indigenous yeasts, natural malo-lactic fermentation, etc…). The most complex wines (grands crus, premiers crus and vieilles vignes) benefit from a long ageing on fine lies (without “bâtonnage”). On our most fruity cuvees, shorter ageing in stainless steel are preferred in order to keep the freshness of the wines.
Modern cellars in Chablis…
In order to make our great white wines, we are equipped with the state of the art premises. Situated at the entrance of Chablis village, right in the heart of Chablis area, our cellars have been built in 1995. We use pneumatic press machines, stainless steel tanks with temperature control and an underground cellar with 150 oak barrels (228, 350 and 400 liters).
Stainless steel or oak?
Pascal Bouchard likes to make some of his wines in french oak but with the ambition to keep all the famous natural freshness of Chablis wines. This is the reason why we do not use any new oak barrel and only our Grands crus (the most structured wines) are made 100% in oak. Premiers Crus and Chablis “Les Vieilles Vignes” are made partly in oak and partly in stainless steel tanks during a period of 12 months minimum. The wines with shorter ageing (Petit Chablis, Chablis) are made 100% in stainless steel.
Here are a list of their wines: