With panoramic views of Chablis’ Grand Cru vineyards, Domaine Begue Mathiot is a small estate located in the heart of the Chablis appellation. Guylhaine Begue-Mathiot is a young, female winemaker, who has taken the helm of her family winery and is steering the estate in an exciting new direction.
Founder of the estate Joël Begue, Guylhaine’s father, was a seasoned contract worker among Burgundy’s viticulturists for over a decade, before acquiring three hectares of pre-established vineyards in the 1980s. Using his extensive experience, vital contacts, and knowledge of the area, he embarked on an adventure to establish a family business for himself, his wife, and the generations to come. Over the past 30 years, Joël and his wife Maryse, have put their heart and soul into growing and nurturing the business, which today consists of 17 hectares of vineyards in some of Chablis’ most renowned cru sites. From an early age Guylhaine has been involved in the business, learning the tricks of the trade first hand from her father and mother, and eventually taking time to study and obtain her degree in Oenology at University. In 2005 she joined the fold officially, but sadly in the very same year, Joël passed away from illness.
Committed to continuing her father’s legacy, together with her mother Maryse and brother Joffrey, Guylhaine has taken the reins of the estate which is now stronger than ever. This dynamic young winemaker brings a fresh new style to the Domaine, steering away from oak entirely, opting for all stainless-steel production and extensive lees ageing which gives these wines an honest richness and complexity. Each Cru is vinified identically, giving tasters the opportunity to understand each site individually. These are wines of serious finesse, purity, and concentration. A Domaine to watch, this young winemaker has so much promise.