Ten kilometres North West of Chablis itself – up the Serein Valley – lies the sleepy hamlet of Lignorelles. It’s here that a pair of young brothers, David and Arnaud Lavantureux, have recently taken up the reins at their family property, Domaine Roland Lavantureux. There are no fancy crus this far from town, but the family have wonderful generic holdings set within Portlandian and Kimmeridgian clay-limestone, the two soils which dominate and define this seemingly undervalued region. Included within this portfolio is an extraordinary 7 hectare parcel of ancient Petit Chablis vines – we’ve never seen or heard of Petit Chablis of such age – planted by their grandfather, and on which they lavish all the care and attention normally reserved for the smarter climats down river. Winemaker Arnaud is a very talented young man and his ambition has driven the expansion of the estate both in terms of fruit contracts (wonderful grands crus: Les Clos and Vaudesir) but also the purchase of land in the beautiful 1er cru Vau de Vey. Big things are happening at this domaine and in a few short years their wines have acquired a very dedicated and much deserved following.