Brothers Xavier and Jérôme Garnier share a passion for wine and the Chablis region, where their family has owned a 23-hectare estate for many decades. While their father sold grapes to negoçiants, the brothers began making their own wine in 1996, selling it to restaurants in and around Paris. Garnier & Fils uses traditional, environmentally friendly, organic practices; they harvest later than most, ferment with natural yeast, and age the wines in very large barrels. Improving every year, this exciting estate is already achieving greatness with its Chablis, which offers a delicate salinity that reflects the vineyard’s unique soil profile. Their wines include a Chablis Village, which is a lovely entry-level bottle, as well as 1er Cru and Grand Cru. Jérôme works the vineyards, and Xavier makes the wines. Together, they are leading a group of newer producers finding their voice in the northernmost part of Chablis. They recognize it takes much more work to produce high-quality wines in such a cool region. They are also proving the extra effort is well worth it, as the soft-spoken brothers go above and beyond to create beautifully balanced wines with exceptional ripeness, freshness, and minerality, boasting a lush mouthfeel and texture, as well as bright, textured acidity.
Martine’s Wines is the exclusive U.S. importer for Garnier et Fils.