Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Situated between the winery building and Fuissé’s old church, the Le Clos parcel is 1.65 acres, and one of the few parcels to enjoy an eastern exposure. Half of the vines are 20 years old, while the other half are at least 40 years of age. They grow on a thin, topsoil covering, limestone and shale. The wine is fermented in oak barrels and sees significant barrel maturation, a part of which is on lees.
Wine Spectator2016 vintage
Wine Enthusiast2016 vintage
2016 saw an atypical harvest . The picking began on September 21st with a small team, collecting grapes from two perfectly ripe parcels. In order to allow the remaining vines the opportunity to benefit from the rain, the picking halted for a few days with the conclusion on September 27th. The ripeness levels were good and the weather was fine resulting in grapes with a lovely golden color and musts that were magnificent and structured. This was a small yield vintage, stemming from a spring-time hail storm, but you can expect a refreshing vibrance and liveliness from the 2016 vintage.
This is a powerful yet elegant wine that offers refined flavors of fresh almonds, apricots, yellow fruits and minerals. Overall it is vivacious and balanced, with an exceptional, intense finish.
Grilled or poached fish in a cream sauce, lobster, crayfish, turkey, poultry and soft, creamy cheeses.
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
ACIDITY: 4.16 g/l
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: 33%
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 1.1 g/l
points of distinction
- Refined potency will allow wine to age many years
- Old vines aged 20 and over 40 years old
- Tête de Cru and Cuvée Hors-Classe are precursors to new classification (Premier Cru) sites within appellation currently under consideration by INAO
vineyard details +
The east-facing parcel of vines known as Le Clos is a monopole on .69 hectares of land that runs between the Domaine Ferret property and the village church, abutting the property's house. Half the vines are about 20 years old and the other half are at least 40. The soil is derived from alluvial deposits and consists of deep silt and clay with a subsoil streaked with limestone and limestone marl.
about the grape +
Though it has a distinctive profile, Chardonnay reflects other factors such as soil composition and vinification technique. Chardonnay is a reliable, hardy and prolific vine whose only real vulnerabilities are frost and uneven development of fruit.
– Audrey Braccini, Winemaker
“Wine is the most beautiful and noble form of expression.”
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