Hugues de Montaigu, Bishop of Auxerre was one of the pioneers of the Cistercian anchorage in Chablis. In this period, the monks were already working to create their « Vinum Album Durabile », a white wine for keeping and synonymous with high-quality. Their heritage can be found in each wine of our MONTAIGU collection resulting from a meticulous selection, vinification and ageing work, renewed at each vintage.
The most recent list of Premiers Crus was issued in 1986. 79 hamlets figure on the list and cover a surface area of approximately 600 ha. The winegrowers of Chablis grouped together these hamlets under the names of 17 “climats” or single vineyards. These vineyards are located on either side of the Serein river in the communes of Chablis, Fontenay, Maligny, Chichée, La Chapelle-Vaupelpeigne, Courgis, Fleys, and Beines.
34 hectares are classified under the Premier Cru Fourchaume appellation. Located in the commune of La Chapelle- Vaulpelteigne, just to the north of the hillside containing all of the Grands Crus, this is a jewel among the Premiers Crus. Due to its international reputation, the wines from the subparcels is often sold under the Fourchaume name. The slope is regular with south-western exposure, and is located in the valley of Fontenay-près-Chablis to the northeast of Chablis.
Gentle slopes overlying Kimmeridgian marls
Food and wine pairing
Perfect with all fish and shellfish as well as with white meats.