3rd February 2021, by Andy
A personal favourite of mine; Domaine Ferret, Cote Mâconnais. White Burgundy produced with integrity, passion and a real understanding of the region and the individual geology of the vineyards.
Louis Jadot acquired this prestigious 18ha property in 2008 with the aim of continuing the tradition of excellence established by the highly regarded Ferret family who founded the Domaine in 1840, and since 1840, Domaine Ferret has had an uninterrupted tradition of female winemakers.
Located in the heart of the most famous ‘climats’ of the Fuissé amphitheatre, this Domaine is renowned for its parcel by parcel vinification which was pioneered in the region by Madame Ferret. Today, this tradition continues with the same precision under the guardianship of winemaker Audrey Braccini.
Audrey’s philosophy is to make great quality wines which are a true expression of the ‘terroir’, the vintage and her passion for winemaking. Her aim is to make the most of what nature offers, to do her best with something that is beyond our control, keeping the purity and delicacy and not forgetting that what we have in our hands is one of most beautiful gifts of nature. All wines are produced in a sustainable way, following organic viticultural practices.
Audrey Braccini was born in 1979 in the Lorraine region of northeast France, where she grew up admiring her father’s dedication to cultivating his wine cellar. Inspired by his passion, Audrey moved to the heart of the renowned wine region of Languedoc-Roussillon, and enrolled in Montpellier University’s prestigious enology program. After successfully earning a master’s degree in vineyards and wine, she launched her career in Beaujolais and quickly became infatuated with the Gamay grape. In 2008, Audrey’s talents earned her the position of director for the historic Domaine Ferret estate in the nearby Mâconnais region. Drawing on her years of experience and expertise, she dove headfirst into the regional Chardonnay and Pouilly-Fuissé appellations.
A jewel at the heart of Fuissé, with history dating back to 1840.
Three labels of Pouilly Fuissé are produced from the Domaine – Classic, Téte de Cru and Hors Classé. In simple terms they represent an unofficial village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru classification based on the quality and personality of the wines produced from the different, specific sites.
Pouilly Fuissé 2018
A blend of the best parcels – half of the blend aged in 2-5 year old barrels and the results shows great balance between weight and freshness. Layers of subtle notes combine stone fruits, acacia flowers and spiced hazelnut butter. £27.00 view
Pouilly Fuissé Tête de Cru Les Perrierès 2018
The most subtle of the Ferret Cru wines, with the emphasis on crisp, zesty minerality. Don’t be fooled though, this has intensity, complexity and generosity of texture – creamy honeysuckle and pineapple characters.
Will develop beautifully over time. Audrey Braccini (winemaker) describes this as a ‘wine for wine lovers’. £38.50 view
Pouilly Fuissé Hors Classé Les Ménétrières 2018
The perfect combination of richness and poise – creamy, honeyed and toasty notes. Impeccable balance and structure.
Super stylish – a joy to drink. £41.40 view
A hugely respected producer in this region making exemplary Pouilly Fuissé from old vines in excellent vineyard sites, meticulous wine making and the knowledge gained over 180 years of wine production in this region.