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Vendanges de Chablis
Raisin de chardonnay en cours de maturité

Pioneering spirit

Claudia and Frédéric are firmly determined to move towards a cleaner and more environmentally-friendly wine-growing process.

To that end they are accompanied masterfully by their father Jean-Claude. Because he is a pioneer and has a passion for new sciences aimed at proposing effective alternatives to pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

Terres de chablis

Pioneering spirit

Convinced of the beneficial effects of vegetation cover on soil conservation, they have been testing “laboratory” vines for a long time.

The results speak for themselves. Less erosion, more organic matter in the soil, better restoration of natural fertilizing elements, less water stress…

There are countless benefits and they are intent on swiftly extending this practice over the whole estate.


History of the estate

Like many wine-growing estates, the Jean-Claude Martin estate is first and foremost a family affair. Frédéric and Claudia inherited it from their parents and took up the torch in 2018. Frédéric works on the land. He looks after his vines and lavishes care on them. He picks grapes gorged with juice and passes them on to his sister Claudia.

At work in the estate's wine storehouse, often together with her brother, she perpetuates the family know-how, adding a personal touch to it.

The third person is their dad Jean-Claude. Still in love with the land and the vines he has passed on to his children, he is constantly in search of something new. Driven by an avant-gardist vision all his life, he aspires to make the estate an innovative winery in terms of growing and wine-making methods.

Vendanges du Pinot Noir a Irancy
Frederic Martin dans les vignes

Pioneering spirit

Jean-Claude also has a passion for a bold area of research, namely homoeopathy for treating plant diseases, called agricultural homoeopathy.

This innovative concept opens up astonishing prospects that could well metamorphose the future of agriculture.

Particularly well suited to the treatment of vine diseases, agricultural homoeopathy should thus shortly make its entry at the Jean-Claude Martin estate.

Pioneering spirit

During the course of one of your visits to the estate, your conversations with Jean-Claude could be steered towards topics such as the electronic balance of plants, endemic adenoid vegetations bordering the vines and giving clues about their state of health, or their experiments in treating them with milk to combat powdery mildew.

Subsequently this may well inspire you to follow in the footsteps of the Jean-Claude Martin estate towards an agriculture more attuned to what nature can teach and offer us.

Gros plan sur du Chardonnay
Vue du village de Courgis depuis les vignes


growing practices
The growing practices at the Jean-Claude Martin estate are true to the Chablis tradition and are still fairly conventional for the time being.

However, Frédéric is keen to steer his growing methods towards greater respect for living things and terroirs. For instance, he limits the use of crop protection products (weed-killers and insecticides) as much as possible and uses natural soil improvers.

In so doing his aim is twofold. In pedological terms he contributes to the revitalization of the terroir. In œnological terms, through this well-considered process he aspires to producing more characteristic wines.


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