Located in the tiny village of Fleys (population 160) Alain Gautheron and his son Cyril represent the 5th and 6th generations of their family to grow grapes. Their wines emphasize purity of fruit and a sense of place. The Chardonnay for the Cuvée Emeraude comes from a particularly chalky vineyard site. Wines grown on chalky soil are generally long lived with elevated acidity levels and the Cuvée Emeraude bears this out. Alain and Cyril ferment and age the wine is stainless steel on the fine lees for 9 months which results in a wine that is bright, crisp and racy while at the same time exhibiting richness and a pronounced chalky mineral component. Aromas and flavors of crisp apples, lemon yoghurt and a touch of florality blend together seamlessly. Serve this lovely wine with oysters, seafood or white-fleshed fish.