Domaine Bouchié-Chatellier Pouilly-Fumé ‘La Renardière’
Flinty and herbal, this is a concentrated wine yet with real elegance, complexity and power. Really special!
Bouchié-Chatellier have been on their estate since 1930. Robert Poirier established La Renardière domaine close to a small wood where foxes lived, hence the name of the domaine Renard. He was a pioneer with a passion for modernism and a firm believer in the success of Pouilly-Fumé, he expanded the estate over the years and opened a wine bar "Au Pouilly", in Nevers. Eugene Bouchie bought a vineyard from the neighbouring Château, on the same Saint Andelain hill where the soils are composed of flinty clay and limestone. It is the blending of the two terroirs which gives the "La Renardière" cuvées their complexity. At the beginning of the century, the marriage of the children of these producers gave birth to the present domaine
Grapes are hand and machine harvested from 30 year old Sauvignon Blanc vines within a 22 hectare vineyard on the hill of St Andelain on a mix of Silex and Kimmerigian clay.
Individual parcels are vinified separately. The grapes are gently pressed pneumatically. Prior to fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the must is naturally clarified by cold stabilisation and some of the grapes are macerated on the skins for a short period to maximise flavour complexity. Either wild or selected yeasts are used, depending on conditions - indigenous yeasts are believed to add more character. The fermentation is cool and slow over 3 weeks and the wine remains on the fine lees. The gravity fed cellar is on two levels and all temperature controlled.
Best served chilled with shellfish, grilled white fish or chicken and soft cheeses or on its own as an aperitif.
Sauvignon Blanc 100%
Domaine Bouchié-Chatellier Pouilly-Fumé ‘La Renardière’ -