A very long history
For as long as anyone can remember, there have been Durup growers in the Chablis region. Passed down from father to son, the family property prospered not far from château de Maligny, whose fortifications once used to ensure the safety of the inhabitants. Last century, the great grandfather of Jean Durup was the last person to tend the vines within the château. When Jean Durup took over from his father in 1968 he inherited 2 hectares. Today, as a result of his boundless energy, the domaine comprises 170 hectares - the largest holding in Burgundy!
The Durup domaines are mostly planted on steep stony slopes well suited to Chardonnay, the only permitted grape variety for Chablis. Because of their difficult position, traditionally the vines were all tended by hand. Only very recently has mechanisation been introduced on a few parcels. Over the years, Jean Durup has planted vines on some of the best exposed sites in Chablis to create what is now an exceptional domaine. Although he has built a new winery and storage facility, the work of vine growing and the winemaking still respect the classic Chablis traditions.