In 2003, Frederic Gueguen, son-in-law of Jean-Marc Brocard, purchased Domaine des Chenvieres from the retiring Bernard Tremblay and began production out of Brocard's cellars. The vines are REALLY old, with a lot of them going back to the 1920's. Included were fairly small parcels in both la Fourchuame and l'Hommer Mort. Fourchaume is considered an appellation de commericalisation and wines from the climats l'Homme Mort, Fourchaume, Vaulorents, Vaupulents and Cote de Fontenay can all be called Fourchaume or bottled separately under their own name. The team at Brocard was wavering for a while on how they were going to handle it - whether they'd blend the l'Homme Mort and Fourchuame together and just bottle it as Fourchaume or two different wines - l'Homme Mort and Fourchaume.
Well, they just released Frederic Gueguen/Domaine des Chenvieres 2005 Chablis 1er Cru l'Homme Mort, so I guess the question has been settled. This is pretty much what I expected given the fact that they bottle along the lines of 15 different Chablis, A.C. bottlings as well at Brocard. This makes Domaine des Chenevieres one of only 4 producers to make l'Homme Mort: Chateu de Maligny (who owns by far the most), la Chablisienne and A & F Boudin are th others.
(Of course this probably won't stop merchants from erroneously selling Boudin's as the only l'Homme Mort made, something they have been doing for years despite the fact that it is completely fictitious. Not to mention that Boudin's comes from a parcel that is south-facing and in a warm valley, a fact that makes the wine's terroir completely different from the remaining 90% of the vineyard and hence, atypical for the vineyard.)
Last edited by Alan Uchrinscko
on Tue Aug 15, 2006 7:56 pm, edited 1 time in total.