Domaine des Malandes is a family domaine that exploits 29 hectares of vines in Chablis. Their wines are appreciated for their freshness, finesse and minerality directly from the famous Kimmeridgian, unique subsoil of the Chablis vineyard. France has a fantastic terroir and Chablis is for sure one of the best places in the world for wine.
Le Domaine Des Malandes, a Family Passion From Generation to Generation
It all started after the Second World War, when André and Gabrielle Tremblay harvested their first grapes in 1949 in their vineyard “Fourchaume”. With great work and passion, they brought the domain up to 7Ha and handed it over to their daughter Lyne Marchive. She started her own winery in Chablis in 1973 and In 30 years she grew the number and the size of her vineyards, extended the winery and modernized the equipment. Lyne Marchive started traveling and exported her wines to Asia, Europe and United States.
More than 40 years later, we are in 2018, she decides to step aside and let her children take the lead. It is time to the new generations to perpetuate the family passion. Richard Marchive became the managing director and Amandine Marchive took the lead on sales, marketing and communication. In 2006, Guenole Breteaudeau started as winemaker at the Domaine des Malandes. The collaboration works perfectly as he shares the same passion for precision, clean and subtle aromas, as well as the respect for the terroir.
The Family vineyard, The Key Numbers
The family business has increased year after year and today they produce wine from 29Ha of vineyards. The approach remains the same. Everything is done as state of the art, with a great respect of nature. Each vineyards has a different soil and exposition. Therefore each wine has its own
individual characteristics. Here are the main appellations, designations and Ha of the family vineyard:
- Petit Chablis appellation
- Near the towns of Beine and Lignorelles
- Chablis appellation
- Near the towns of Prehy, Chablis, Milly and La Chapelle Vaupelteigne
- Chablis 1er Cru appellation
- Vau de Vey designation (3.52Ha planted in 1980)
- Cote de Lechet designation (1.43Ha planted in 1975 and 1986)
- Montmains designation (1.18Ha planted in 1963)
- Fourchaume designation (1.30Ha planted in 1953 and 1972)
- Mont de Milieu designation (0.26Ha planted in 1983)
- Chablis Grand Cru appellation
- Vaudesir designation (0.77Ha planted in 1967 and 1986)
- Les Clos designation (0.53Ha planted in 1962)
The Chablis Premier Cru Montmains Vieilles Vignes
This week our team had the time and the pleasure to taste one premier cru from Domaine des Malandres: The Chablis Premier Cru Montmains Vieilles Vignes. We met with Amandine Marchive in person who took us into this amazing journey. It was ripe, complex, generous with a fantastic freshness and a rich finish. The naming “Vieilles Vignes” is the french for “old vines”. When you see this description in a wine label, it indicates that a wine is the product of grape vines that are notably old. There is a general belief that older vines, when properly handled, will give a specific (may be better) wine. The terminology of “old” has no legal definition so we need to trust the know-how and reputation of the domaine. We know that grape vines can easily grow for over 120 years. After 20 years vines start to produce smaller crops and average yield generally decrease, leading to more concentrated, intense wines.
By working a Chablis with Vieilles Vignes, it procures a fantastic contrast. It is fresh yet rich, bright yet deep, dry yet sweet. It was a true discovery for us and we recommend anyone to have at least one bottle in your wine cellar.
When you do your work with your heart, you end up sharing your passion with your customers. Le Domaine des Malandes reflects the beauty and the hard work of the vineyard. Their wines are pure, straight forward and true high qualitative ambassadors of the Chablis region. It is for sure a great wine to buy.
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