Château de Béru
Athenais Beru is doing pretty well for someone who never saw their future as a vigneron. The historic vineyards of Chateau Beru in the small village of Beru were destroyed by Phylloxera and were only replanted by Anthennais' father in the 1980's for the purpose of renting them out. The family that rented to vines farmed the vines in a conventional way and sold the grapes to the local cooperative. Athenais was living in Paris as an inusrance broker until 2004 when her father passed away and she decided to move back to Beru to reclaim the vineyard which included the painstaking task of converting it to organic, and then biodynamic. Her first vintage was 2005 and in the years that have followed she has become one of the most revered and influential winemakers in Chablis. Today Athenais has converted the land to biodynamic agriculture since the birth of the negociant arm of the family business 'Athenais'. Her own land is 15-hectares and based on the the classic soils of Chablis, kimmidgerian clay and stones.