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Domaine Ferret

Domaine J. A. Ferret was founded in 1840 in Pouilly-Fuissé the heart of the Maconnaise in Southern Burgundy. It was Jeanne Ferret who moved away from bulk wine production and began to bottle her own wine. She also recognised the qualities of single vineyard sites and started to vinify parcels separately, based on classifications she devised herself. When daughter Colette took over, she continued to run the domaine in the same vein, and also put an emphasis on the maturation of the wines. The domaine stayed in the family until 2008 when it was taken over by Maison Louis Jadot, and today winemaker Audrey Braccini is at the helm, proud to walk the footsteps of the women who preceded her. 17 hectares are under vine planted with Chardonnay spread across the breadth of the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. In geological terms the terroir of Pouilly-Fuissé is the most diverse of all the Burgundian appellations, with dramatic changes between soil types. Ferret's soils range from very shallow, based on hard limestone derived from seams of chert, to clay-rich derived from marls, schists, and volcanic-sedimentary sandstone, and there is also some bedrock of Lacustrine limestone which dates back more than 330 million years. The vines are hand-picked, and fermentation can take place in stainless steel, concrete eggs or 228 litre Nevers or Tronçais oak barrels. They stay true to Jeanne Ferret's original concept, focusing on the vinification of separate parcels. Ferret are top quality Pouilly-Fuissé producers, the wines have a characteristic elegance and poise, with exceptional complexity and focused flavour profiles.