Family property for four generations, our estate of about thirty hectares is around the village of Chezelet in the town of Cravant Coteaux.
Aimé, my great-grandfather, owned three hectares of vineyards, at the time the domain was in polyculture. His son Hubert took over the farm in 1935 and developed wine production during World War II. The vineyards arrived at a total area of 17 hectares in the late 1950s.
Jacky Gasnier, my father, took over in 1966. For more than 10 years, he restructured the vineyards and transformed what remained of parcels of table wine into AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée).
From a very young age, I knew that one day, I would embrace the profession of winegrower. After studying agriculture in the region and several experiments in Entre deux Mers, Champagne and Burgundy, I arrived on the estate to help my father. That day, I remember perfectly, at the time I was 21, it was a September 26, 1990, the first day of the harvest, the beginning of a great adventure …
Since 2000, my wife Sandrine joined me in this adventure. Since we have gone further, we are also working in biodynamic agriculture. We have obtained the Ecocert certifications, in Bio and Demeter for the biodynamic, since the harvest 2008.
Biodynamic agriculture seeks to strengthen the vitality and the resistance of plants, by improving natural exchanges. Thus the expression of the terroir in the grapes is optimized and is found in wines.