The Pouilly-Fuissé vineyards lie on a narrow band of land in southern Burgundy. Since the creation of the appellation in 1936, only wines from the villages of Chaintré, Fuissé, Solutré-Pouilly and Vergisson are authorized to bear the Pouilly-Fuissé name. Domaine Ferret’s estate vineyards comprise 42 acres throughout the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation; 22.4 in the amphitheatre of hills surrounding the town of Fuissé, 9.65 near the Roche de Vergisson, in the north of the appellation and additional acreage in the various single vineyard crus. The native soil is mainly argilo-calcareous throughout the growing area, with distinctions from one plot to another. Across the entire region of Burgundy, Pouilly-Fuissé has among the most complex soil types. The climate benefits from the Mediterranean influences wafting up the Rhône corridor.
The east-facing parcel of vines known as Le Clos is a monopole on 1.725 acres of land that runs between the Domaine Ferret property and the village church, abutting the property’s house. One third of the vines are about 20 years old and the other two thirds 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.
The 2.5-acre les Perrières vineyard lies just above the Le Clos parcel, halfway up the slope. Les Perrières is somewhat steeper than Le Clos and is the only vineyard with a southern exposure on an east-facing slope. The vines are an average of 35 years old. The soil is derived from alluvial deposits and consists of deep silt and clay. The top layers, which are moderate in depth, are littered with stones on the surface (calcite and flint) over a meter-thick layer of limestone marl, and the subsoil features streaks of limestone and limestone marl.