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Producer: Domaine FerrandGrape Varieties: 100% ChardonnayOptimum Drinking: Within 10 yearsWine Style: Rich complex oaky whiteAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
A rich, complex wine with aromas of exotic fruit complemented by subtle hints of vanilla. The palate is round and buttery with ripe apricot flavours enveloped in delicate oak nuances through to a long finish.
Domaine Ferrand is run by Nadine Ferrand who has managed the estate since 1984. Through her courage, determination and intuition she has developed and transformed the vineyard into 10.5 hectares in the heart of the Pouilly Fuissé. In 2012, Nadine was joined by her eldest daughter Marine, the fourth generation to work in the family business. Having worked in sales and marketing in the wine industry in the United States, Marine has brought with her innovative ideas while continuing the family philosophy of “expressing Chardonnay with a feminine touch”. Their wines are characterised by lovely balance and elegant flavours of fresh butter combined with a typical minerality.
2018 was a good quality vintage with yields significantly up in the Mâconnais region. Despite the warm conditions during the summer months and the early start to the harvest, three months of heavy rain from February to April ensured there were plenty of soil water reserves and no hydric stress. The wines have delicate acidity, complexity and finesse.
The vineyard sits in the heart of the appellation, on sunny slopes at an altitude of 250 to 300 metres above sea level. Home to 60 year old vines, which are Cordon trained and grown in chalky, limestone and heavy clay soils from the Jurassic period.
The grapes were pneumatically pressed, before being decanted to temperature controlled stainless steel vats, where fermentation took place. 30% of the wine was then aged on its lees in new French oak casks, with a weekly bâtonnage for additional weight, texture and creaminess in the final wine. The wine was racked, blended and lightly filtered prior to being bottled.
A delicious accompaniment to foie gras, lobster, monkfish and chicken dishes served in a delicate cream sauce.
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