- Vineyard Area: 26 ha
- Soil Type: Clay-limestone on kimmeridgian sub-soil
- Varieties Cultivated: Chardonnay
- Annual Production: 200,000 bottles
- Country: France
- Winemaker: Charly Nicolle
Domaine Charly Nicolle is a family estate at the edge of the tiny village of Fleys in Chablis. The owner and winemaker is Charly himself, a seventh-generation vigneron who learned the craft of viticulture and winemaking from his father, Robert. Members of the family have owned and worked these vineyards since 1780. Located just 4 kilometers east of the town of Chablis, the estate has 26 hectares (64 acres) of Chardonnay vines spread across the Serein River valley.
The philosophy of the domaine is simple: Charly seeks purity of flavor and classic expression. He cares deeply about making the best, most finely balanced wines possible, always following traditional methods. The family’s rich heritage has inspired his respect for the vine, the land, and nature’s inherent balance.
Located just 4 kilometers east of the town of Chablis, Domaine Charly Nicolle has 26 hectares (64 acres) of Chardonnay vines spread across the Serein River valley. The average age of the vines is 20 years, with the oldest 65 years.
The philosophy of the domaine is simple. Charly seeks purity of flavor and classic expression. He cares deeply about making the best, most finely balanced wines possible, always following traditional methods. The family’s rich heritage has inspired his respect for the vine, the land, and nature’s inherent balance.
Domaine Charly Nicolle produces a range of five Chablis wines, totaling 200,000 bottles per year. Charly makes all of his wines himself and leads the vinification independently. His vinification process includes direct pressure using two pneumatic wine presses, maturation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, fermentation at around 61°F to preserve and ensure fruity aromas, malolactic fermentation, natural fining, and filtration before bottling. All wines are bottled on the property.
All five of the domaine’s labels are exported to the United States:
Chablis Grand Cru Bougros: Grapes are rigorously selected and purchased from growers with excellent terroirs who have partnered with the Nicolle family for many years. This bright, aromatic wine exhibits all the fine qualities of a Grand Cru, including richness, minerality and powerful ripe fruit.
Chablis Premier Cru Les Fourneaux: Vineyards that produce this wine represent 23% of the domaine’s land and are located in the commune of Fleys. The wine, created from vines averaging 50 to 60 years old, is tender, well balanced and abundantly flavorful – an outstanding example of the terroir.
Chablis Premier Cru Mont de Milieu: Vineyards producing this wine represent 8% of the domaine’s land and are situated in the commune of Fleys. Vines average 50 to 60 years of age, and the resulting wine is mineral and rich, with powerful ripe fruit – an exquisite example of its terroir.
Chablis: Vineyards producing this wine represent 61% of the domaine’s land and are located in the communes of Chablis, Fleys, Béru and Chichée. The wine, made from vines averaging 35 years old, has a pure, authentic Chablis character.
Petit Chablis: Vineyards that produce this wine represent 8% of the domaine’s land and are located in the commune of Fleys. The average vine age is 15 to 20 years, and the wine is bright, pure and highly aromatic.
For the Chablis, Premier Cru, and Grand Cru wines, the soil composition is mainly Kimmeridgian, rich in marine fossils; for the Petit Chablis, the soil is a clayey-calcareous mix. Because the Chablis region is far from the moderating effects of the sea, the local climate is characterized by long, hard winters and fairly hot summers.
Within France, Domaine Charly Nicolle wines are served in several Michelin-starred restaurants, including Pic in Valance, Le Petit Nice in Marseille, Auberge du Vieux Puits in Fontjoncouse, Georges Blanc in Vonnas, Paul Bocuse in Collanges-au-Mont-d’Or and La Côte Saint Jacques in Joigny.