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Claire, Laurence and Denis Race Estate

winegrowers in chablis for 4 generations

Wine making

After taking care of our vineyard all the summer, then comes harvesting time.

Since 1985 we have been using a harvesting machine, driven by Denis. The grapes are then carried in stainless steel containers to the pneumatic press, before Laurence and Claire take the next part of work over.

The juice gradually flows down in the winery into stainless steel vats, where it is first decanted and then pumped into our stainless steel thermoregulated vats.

The first fermentation (sugar being turned into alcohol) starts a few days after the harvest and from then on the fermenting juice is closely watched and analyzed twice a day to measure its density and temperature. The alcoholic fermentation can take a few days to a few weeks according to the vats.

Claire, Laurence and Denis Race Estate, winegrowers in chablis for 4 generations