The vineyard and its wine
Our vineyard, a little less than 5 ha among the most beautiful and eldest parcels of land of the appellation, we grow, as craftsmen, Chardonnay vineyards. We are committed to a demanding environmental approach, respecting the natural equilibriums of the land, presently certified as ‘Haute Valeur Environnementale’ and, in the very near future, we will become fully “bio”.
We take great care to maintain the soil in perfect condition for the vine to root deeply and we make a number of different cuvees. The resulting wines have a harmonious balance of fruit and acidity which, combined with a rich mineral content, produce elegant wines, all of which are raised in oak casks.
The Pouilly-Fuissé Premier Cru
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I. “Premier Cru”
The “newborn “ of our Pouilly family: the Premier Cru Pouilly-Fuissé «Pouilly».
After ten years of work under the control of many experts, during the harvest of 2020, the INAO (The National Institute for Appellations of Origin) awarded the Premier Cru label to certain plots of the 5 villages that produce Pouilly-Fuissé.
Well located in the heart of the appellation, a good half of our plots of Pouilly have received the precious label of recognition. And it is not only the quality of the soils, exposure, underground water networks that are recognized but also the quality of the viticultural work and treatments which are now necessarily pushed towards “more organic”.
Our small estate is officially entitled to two Premier Cru appellations in Pouilly Fuissé: the one of “Pouilly”, from the Clos de Pouilly parcels, and the one of “Aux Bouthières”, a plot located a few dozen meters from the first.
It is in the spring of 2022, after eighteen good months of maturation (including more than a year in French oak barrels), that the first bottles of this Premier Cru Pouilly were available to our customers. Its arrival on the tables, wonderfully applauded by good sales, was also the occasion to create a label and a “counter-label” for this Premier Cru.
This success exceeds all our forecasts, to the point of foreseeing its rarity at the beginning of 2023, barely 10 months after its bottling. A record for us!
And as the quantity of our 2021 harvest was low, we have chosen not to raise any: the 2022 Premier Cru will only be available for sale at best in the fall or winter of 2023! It is promising, will be of quality, powerful like its elder of 2020, but we will all have to wait! You and us!
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II The Pouilly-Fuissé ” Tradition “:
This is the one we have been producing for decades now: it benefits from the upward thrust of the Premier Cru. The plots of land are close or even adjacent, the winegrower and his team, the equipment and methods of cultivation, the care and the cellars, vats and barrels are the same as those of the Premier Cru. It is therefore the extraordinary engine that is driving new and rapid progress in all the appellations of our terroir: a more traditional natural culture, an ever more respectful oenological follow-up: in short, more of what others call “organic”. With the air draught towards the quality of the Premier Cru, the plots of these traditional Pouilly-Fuissé are less common and also more in demand. If they are aged in barrels for less than a year, they can be more seductive for palates looking for more finesse.
III Our last vintages :
Vintage 2020: beautiful spring: everyone was actively working in the vineyard while in the city people were “confined”. The rows are separated by more than 1 meter and the air is well ventilated! Dry summer but a nice rain, 10 days before the harvest, saved the year. It was the return to the traditional harvest with students, staying at the domain, mixed with some local harvesters. Nice atmosphere! The musts were full and powerful; maturation and aging in barrels went well. Wine for long ageing.
Vintage 2021: Late frosts, terrible hail, and a very wet summer: Result: Less than 15% of the usual quotas and quantities of the harvest but thanks to the concentration, no major defects, fortunately.
Well monitored and matured, the 2021 wine will be good, to be drunk rather young but its ageing will be more limited. The low quantity will create a shortage of wine in 2023; the harvest was done in September, therefore without students, but with local harvesters still housed at the estate.
Vintage 2022: frost narrowly avoided in April, good rainfall in June which allowed us to withstand several episodes of heavy heat wave. The vines held on but their berries, sweet as can be, gave less juice than expected. Harvesting was in early August, again with hard-working students. Fermentations were finished in the fall and the prospects are more than encouraging in terms of quality. The whole range of our Mâcon and Pouilly Tradition will be available by mid 2023 and the Premier Cru will be available the following winter. Patience is required for a great year: the reward will be there! It will be a wine to keep.