Glacial erosion shaped the landscape around Préhy a long time ago, leaving behind an undulating landscape of valleys which are nowadays planted with vines that face in all directions. On a gentle peak right outside the village boundaries, along the road towards Chablis, lies the church Sainte-Claire which doesn’t only serve as a pretty setting for its neighbor Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, but also lends its name to an emblematic Chablis vineyard plot surrounding it.
Looking back at nearly four centuries of history, the Brocard family has long been settled in Saint-Bris-le-Vineux, just a few kilometers away from Chablis. Cherry trees and viticulture were the major income earners of the village, however, Jean-Marc Brocard followed the advice of his father to become an engineer as it had become difficult to make a living from agriculture in the 1960s. Jean-Marc didn’t take any interest in viticulture for a few years but things changed when he married his wife in 1971 – daughter to wine growers in the same village. He spent two years getting acquainted with the viticultural practices of the family before he finally decided to plunge into a life of vines and wines instead of continuing his career in engineering.
Read the full story in CUVÉE Magazine No. 2 | Chablis.Order your copy in our shop