This exciting venture was launched in 2010 and is very much a joint operation. Guillaume worked at Etienne Sauzet before moving as winemaker to Domaine Bize in Savigny-lès-Beaune over ten years ago, whilst Tomoko studied at the renowned wine school in Geisenheim, Germany before working at a top Rheingau estate.
They burst onto the scene with great success in their first vintage; Jancis Robinson making their humble Bourgogne Pinot Noir her wine of the week during primeur week. Since then, things have gone from strength to strength. They have built themselves a nice new modern cuverie in Savigny and have expanded the range to include a comprehensive selection of Côte de Beaune appellations. Sourcing the kind of quality fruit that they are after has not been easy with the tiny vintages nature has been throwing at them, but they are well connected and have managed to find vignerons who produce the kind of pure fruit they are after. German and French winemaking tradition is somehow recognizable in the Chantereves wines. And, of course, in time, they have ambitions to buy vineyards of their own. 2017 marks the first vintage from their own vineyards; a small plot of very old 90 years old Aligote located in Ladoix.
Both Tomoko and Guillaume have the same taste in wine. They are not looking to make big, bold, extracted wines that hit you between the eyes, but rather refined, energetic wines that build in the mouth and are more about length and subtlety than immediate impact. New oak is very sparingly used and the wines as a collective have a lovely vitality and sense of harmony; saline whites and fresh, pure fruit reds. Each vintage has seen progression and the wines are now highly respected.
The following wines are offered in Ontario:
Bourgogne Aligote les Chagniots
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru les Morgeots
Bourgone Pinot Noir
Ladoix les Bricottes
Nuits Saint Georges 1er cru les Damodes