In 1971, Jacques and Geneviève Guillerault created Domaine des Caves du Prieuré in an ancient, 18th century winery located in the village of Crézancy. Since 1995 their son Gilles has been in charge, joined by his brother‐in‐law Sébastien Fargette in 2001. Gilles Guillerault, son of founders Jacques and Geneviève Guillerault, grew up on the domaine. With his viticulture diploma in hand, he went off to see what he could learn in the wide world of wine, doing stints at Domaine Jacob in Échevronne then at Château des Laurets in Puisséguin-Saint-Émilion. On his return, he naturally took over from his parents, continuing and developing the good work they had begun. Sébastien Fargette arrived after 5 years of expérience in Beaujolais, working with Marcel Lapière and Jean Foillard in Morgon, then for Philippe Deschamps and Daniel Bulliat in Beaujeu. Having an equal passion for the vine, the two partners work together on all aspects of their wine production. Today, it’s Gilles in the vineyard and Sébastien in the cave, each one always casting an expert eye over the work of the other to ensure the quality this domaine is renowned for. Guillerault and Fargette are committed to sustainable viticulture. Natural grasses are grown between the rows and the soils are worked manually. No herbicides or pesticides are used. Each year, the harvest is brought in and carefully sorted on their sorting table before being pressed. The juice is allowed to settle by gravity before fermentation in stainless steel tanks followed by a period of aging in tank before the bottling. The 19ha estate is planted 75% to Sauvignon Blanc with the remainder planted to Pinot Noir. In addition, Sébastien inherited from his grandfather 2ha of vines in Beaujeu, with a full south-facing exposure; there he decided to grow a mythical Beaujolais grape on its granitic soils – Viognier. This is the “Atypique” cuvée.
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