Even if they are gathered under one appellation, the soils of Pouilly can be different from one area to the other. With the sub-soils made of volcanic, granitic rocks on the east of Fuissé which border the Beaujolais region, and with the very stony topsoils of the backs of Rock and the silty clay on the lower hills of Pouilly, the wines released are naturally very different. “ Mineral like in Chablis, fat like in Meursault”. Only the plot selections make it possible to understand the different “climats” (specific growths) that haven't been claimed in the 70's or the 80's because the American market was absorbing the three quarters of the production through Burgundy wine-merchants.
Today, our estate stretches on 16 hectares of vines, 12 of which are planted in Chardonnay and 4 in Gamay. At the time of my father, 3,000 bottles were released whereas now all production is bottled Soils have been our first priority. They have been worked since 2000 so as to provide them with more biological life. Fertilizers and herbicides have been abandoned and this has allowed the vine to grow in a more balanced environment. Therefore, yields have been altered, thanks to regular disbudding, among other reasons. Treatments are applied only when necessary, depending on the risks of diseases and soil work is adapted to each plot, according to the slope, the nature of the ground, the root-stock and the vigor.
Grapes have always been picked by hand but the date of the harvest has been delayed so as to reach as high a natural sugar content as possible, despite the risks of rain. For our white grapes, the young vines are separated from older ones and plot selection has been used since 2005 . Our wines are fermented and aged in oak casks for our premium cuvées, in Burgundy barrels (“foudres”) and in casks for our “three terroirs” blending, in stainless steel vats for our low-range wines. The Beaujolais wines are vinified in the Burgundy way: destalking and vatting after grape-sorting out on the selection belt. The premium cuvées spend a year in Pouilly casks.
Our estate has often been reviewed in wine magazines such as “Bourgogne Aujourd'hui” (Burgundy today), the French wine review and Decanter.