Pouilly-Fuissé Pierrefolle

The Pouilly-Fuissé cuvée Pierrefolle is made from the only vineyard situated outside our Clos: this plot is set only 500 meters south and is warmer because of its plain East exposure and the sheltered position from the North wind. This climat has older geological origins, preceding the Jurassic era: it sits on a granitic bedrock and its soil has no clay or limestone. This is why at the beginning of the 1970s it was planted using the Riparia rootstock, which has low vigor and guarantees limited yields and very good quality grapes. All these characteristics produce wines with lower acid, compared to those produced within our Clos. Although larger and somehow more generous, Pierrefolle is always sustained by a precise mineral expression and citrus aromatic notes. Thanks to the fairly high percentage of "muscaté" chardonnay plants, it furthermore develops almost exotic notes in overripe vintages.

The vinification is made in recent 400 and 228-liter barrels, without new oak. After spending one year on its lees, this wine is racked and assembled in tanks for an additional 6 to 10 months maturing, allowing its natural clarification. It is bottled without fining or filtration. Pierrefolle is quite enjoyable from the second year in the bottle and has an ageing potential easily exceeding 10 years.