Damien Courbet lives in the small village of Nevy-sur-Seille just a few kilometers up the valley from the famed village of Château-Chalon. In this section of the Jura, known as the Upper Seille, you’ll find vineyards classified as AOC Château-Chalon and AOC Côtes du Jura. Domaine Courbet farms 7.5 hectares of vineyards in these two AOCs. Approximately three hectares each are dedicated to Chardonnay and Savagnin, one hectare to Trousseau and the balance a mix of Ploussard and a tiny amount of Pinot Noir. Over half of the domaine’s vineyards have been converted to biodynamic and the others are farmed in an agriculturally sustainable fashion as Damien works to convert these vineyards where possible, always ensuring quality first.
Damien has spent time working in California with Jim Clendenen at Au Bon Climat, in France with Olivier Zind Humbrecht in Alsace, Olivier Merlin in the Macôn and Nicolas Potel in Burgundy and in South Africa. In 2003 Damien returned to the family domaine to join his father full--time bringing his broader winemaking field of vision to this area of the Jura which, even today, remains steeped in tradition. In 2011 Damien took complete charge of the domaine upon his father’s retirement, although it’s not surprising on a visit to Domaine Courbet to see Damien’s father, Jean-Marie, helping out around the cellar or in the vineyards. Damien’s mother was also close to the business handling administrative matters until last year when Damien’s wife took over that role, along with handling their two young daughters and teaching school. This is truly a family operation.
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