30 Hectares, 24 of which are contiguous with the cellar

Wine-growers for four successive generations, the estate offers familial continuity whose main concern is combining hard work and know-how in order to create the consistently subtle fruity wines so widely sought after by connoisseurs.

Our land is arid and slightly sloped, two- thirds of the soil being clay-with-flint and the remaining one-third limestone.

The local terminology used to describe this soil is “argilo-siliceux” or siliceous clay, soil rich in flint which provides a continual warming of the vine. In addition, this land lies on the highest point of the hills east of the vineyard

The oxford-like soil, locally called “caillottes”, corresponds to stoney , chalky terrain. From the very beginning, we chose to use state-of-the-art equipment enabling us to continually be high performing. All of our wines are vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel vats.

After restructuring in 1980, our estate now boasts 30Ha of vines, 24 of which border the cellar. These 30Ha were divided into five large parcels of land which aided in rapidly working the vineyard mechanically using machines such as the mechanical grape-harvester which was introduced into the vineyard in 1980.

All the wines from our vines are born on the estate. The abuse of alcohol can be hazardous to your health. Consume with moderation.

The history

  • 1932

    Gabriel and Isabelle Maudrey arrive at the Chezatte estate. The estate is uncultivated.

  • 1945

    Planting on one hectare of Gamay for family consumption.

  • 1952

    Beginning of planting vines with business plans in mind.

  • 1959

    The town of Saint-Gemme obtains th AOC label for its vines.

  • 1960

    Purchase of the estate for life, which ended 33 years later after the death of the owner.

  • 1972

    The estate's wine-producing area reaches 15 hectares.

  • 1977

    The estate reaches 20 hectares and becomes equipped with a cooling chamber as well as two harvesting bins. A decree forbids all vines planted within more than 1m30cm from each other to be classified AOC; the 20 hectares of the estate are planted within 1m80cm of each other.

  • 1980

    Purchase of a mechanical grape-harvester - the first in the Sancerre region.

  • 1985

    Purchase of a bottling machine (bottling 1200 bottles per hour).

  • 1986

    The estate purchases an adhesive labelling machine and begins the eight-year process of uprooting its 20 hectares of vines, replanting them over 30 hectares of land ,in accordance with the A.O.C. appellation decree.

  • 1991

    85% of the estate's vines were damaged by frost.

  • 1994

    The third generation of the family takes over the estate.

  • 1996

    Renovation of the tasting room as well as the facades of the buildings and the courtyard.

  • 1999

    Acquisition of two 1009Hl assembly casks and extension of the cellar.

  • 2000

    Purchase of a new bottling machine, with DEPALETISEUR bottling 4500 bottles per hour.

  • 2003

    Installation of the thermoregulation of the vats is completed.

  • 2008

    The fourth generation enters into the estate's affairs.