A native of Touraine, Jean-Claude Courtault arrived at Lignorelles in 1974 to work as Vineyard Manager for one of the village’s wine estates.
In 1984, JC Courtault seized the chance to buy 1,5 hectares of 4 years old vines in the Chablis area. Next, he rented a plot of land in the Chablis appellation area, which he then planted up with the help of his wife, Marie-Chantal. And so the Estate Jean-Claude Courtault came into being.
In 2007, their daughter Stéphanie with her husband Vincent Michelet, joined the estate and today the estate is operating under the leadership of Stéphanie and Vincent Michelet. Since the beginning the domaine, which is now called Courtault-Michelet, has developed into a 29 hectares modern winery, which produces high quality Chablis wines and an interesting Bourgogne Epineuil Pinot Noir.