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Bouchié Chatellier, Pouilly Fumé

Fourth generation vignerons.

The vineyards at Bouchié Chatellier have been toiled by the family for 4 generations.

Domaine Bouchié Chatellier is quite probably the most outstanding producer in Pouilly Fumé, sitiated right next door to Didier Dagueneau who received a cult following for his Sauvignon wines, so it goes without saying that the potential of this producer is exemplary.

Planted on Silex soils, which contains a high proportion of flint which stores and reflects heat well, providing levels of ripeness above others in similar climates as well as giving the wine an incredibly rich flinty minerality.

They work "Selection Massale", replanting the vines when necessary with cuttings from exceptional old vines from the same or nearby vineyards. This is an ancient practice, of propogating vineyard's that have been replaced with vine clone nurseries as this benefits in the long term and helps to increase the individuality and uniqueness of the wine.

The vineyards are sited at the top of the hill overlooking the gentle slopes down towards the Loire River and offer superb panoramic views. The oldest vines are around 65 years, and as with tradition are pruned single Guyot or Cordon Royat.

The winery is operated on a 3 level gravity flow system, using traditional white wine vinification methods.

Bouchié Chatellier