France – Jaeger Defaix
In October 2002, Hélène Jaeger-Defaix (wife of Didier Defaix of Domaine Bernard Defaix in Chablis) took over her first vineyard in Rully 1er cru Mont-Palais from her great-aunt Henriette Niepce.
This plot is a part of a wine-farm entirely situated in Rully 1er cru white and red that Hélène was wishing to manage entirely in the future with the hope of carrying on the viticultural tradition of the Niepce family, winegrowers since the 16th century.
Henri Niepce, the great-grandfather of Hélène, is one of the great figures of Rully. He enormously contributed to the effort in the 1930s for Rully to obtain AOC status (appellation d’origine contrôlée), and once this was achieved, he then helped to build Rully’s fame.
Located in the south of Côte de Beaune, Rully encompasses 330 ha (220 ha white, 110 ha red) amongst which only 100 ha are classified as 1st crus.
Since 2005 we have been managing the entire estate of 4.5 hectares, located only on the more prestigious premier crus of Rully: Rully 1er cru Mont-Palais, Rully 1er cru Les Cloux, Rully 1er cru Rabourcé for the whites; Rully 1er cru Préaux and Rully 1er cru Clos du Chapitre for the reds. The Clos du Chapitre is located on the appellation Chapitre and entirely enclosed with a stone wall.
The Rully’s estate will be managed in the same spirit as our vineyard in Chablis, that is, with the respect of the environment and with the expression of the terroirs as main goal.