Louis Chenu Père & Filles is a family winery in Savigny-les-Beaune (Burgundy) that has been working the vine and producing wine for five generations. The first parcels of vineyard were bought by Louis Chenu in 1914 and are today worked by his great grandson Louis Chenu with the help of his wife and daughters (Juliette and Caroline, who joined the estate 10 years ago). Aware of the importance of respecting the vineyard, the Chenu sisters are constantly striving to improve the quality of their wines and the vines are organically tended since 2006.
The pinot noir and chardonnay vines are all located in the Savigny-les-Beaune district of the Côte de Beaune. They produce Savigny-les-Beaune Premiers Crus such as “Les Hauts-Jarrons”, “Les Lavières” or “Aux Clous” wines, but also a very rare white Savigny-les-Beaune “Les Saucours” wine. The particularity of their white Savigny wine comes from the presence of about 10% of old stocks of the pinot blanc, which adds suppleness and balance to the chardonnay.
The Chenu family carries out all the work on the vine over the course of the seasons (pruning, burning the vine shoots, tillage, pulling back, trimming back, treatments and green harvesting), as well as the actual production of the wine (topping up, racking and fining). The harvest is done by hand and takes approximately a week. The winemaking process is traditional: the grapes are de-stemmed, crushed, cold-macerated for a few days then trodden down on a daily basis. The process of fermentation is carried out naturally at low temperatures. After a period of 2 weeks in vats, the wines are brought to the cellar and aged for over 18 months. Whenever possible, the red wines are not filtered. As for the white grapes, they are pressed immediately after being harvested and once the must has been purged, are stored in the cellar in barrels for the duration of the alcoholic fermentation process. They are filtered and bottled after a year.