Garnier & Fils
Jerôme and Xavier Garnier are united not only by brotherhood, but also by a passion for the wines that express their origin. The love of farming was passed on to the gentlemen from their father Joseph, who worked as a farmer in the area already in the 1970s, cultivating 110 hectares of grain. The brothers decided to plant the first vines on the family land in 1985 and for the first time wine was made from the fruit produced by the vines in 1988. Over the course of a few decades, together with their team of eight, the brothers have created a stable and high-quality portfolio of wines from the orchards of the village of Chablis.
The brothers' limestone and sandy vineyards are being converted to organic production, and the wines will probably receive the certificate in 2024. Most of the vineyards are located north of Chablis, with the size of the vineyard area currently totaling 24 hectares. The wine cellar, which got its cornerstone in 1992, is located in Ligny-le-Châtel, which is the northernmost village in the region. Xavier is responsible for the family gardens and Jerôme focuses on working in the cellar. In the cellar, the wines are made without added yeasts and are allowed to age in peace for up to 12-30 months. As a rule, large old oak vessels are used for maturation. During the bottling phase, the wines are not filtered, but are allowed to express the quality born in the orchards without manipulation. The resulting wines are therefore rich, expressive, and very suitable for the dinner table.
The farm's annual production is around 200,000 bottles.