And here’s another installment on the Women Winemakers of Chablis. We’ve got nine total. Today, we’re featuring Lucie Depuydt – J.Moreau et Fils, in the Chablis region of France. Chablis is also the delicious white wine made from the chardonnay grape (remember, European wines are usually named after where they’re made, rather than by what they’re made of). This series is from a group of email interviews with six women winemakers from the Chablis region, translated from the original French by someone else because Anne’s French is in terrible shape. We asked each woman the same three questions.
1) What makes Chablis different from other wines made from chardonnay?
The soils and the climate in Chablis give to the Chardonnay different aromas than other places in the world.
2) If my reader sees Chablis on the label of a bottle of wine, what should she expect to taste in the wine?
On the nose, grapefruit, white blossom, mineral notes. Freshness, almond, lemon on the palate and always this minerality, even after several seconds
3) Finally, how are things changing for women winemakers in France? In the U.S., making wine is still very dominated by men. Are there more women becoming winemakers? Do women make wine differently than men, and if they do, what do they do that’s different?
More and more women are becoming winemakers, but it’s the beginning… I think that very often women make wines with more precision and delicacy by selecting perfect grapes and making ageing in the most exact and precise manner possible, to avoid any imperfection…