The Vineyards of Pouilly Fuissé – with Domaine J. A. Ferret


Founded in 1840, Domaine Ferret is located in the Mâconnais region of Burgundy, in the commune of Fuissé. Here, half-way between Beaune and Lyon, Chardonnay is Pouilly Fuissé’s only grape variety. While it is the best-known part of the Mâconnais, there are currently no Premier Cru vineyards within the AOC – something Domain Ferret would like to change.

Of all Burgundy’s appellations, Pouilly-Fuissé has the most varied geology. The geological rifts and slopes are more accentuated, the spectrum of rocks present is the most diverse within the Maconnais, and the soils can be poor, made up of hard limestone and even calcite, but they can also be richer clays, based on alluvial marl deposits, schist’s and even volcanic-sedimentary pebbles. More than 330 million years separate the most ancient of these rocks from the most recent deposits. These foundation rocks, located on the eastern fringe of the Beauregard plateau, are made up of limestone deposited by ancient lakes.

A precise knowledge of the region’s most terroirs forms the basis of the parcel by parcel vinification for which the Domaine is known. In particular, the classification of Tête de Cru and Hors Classe were established by Jeanne Ferret. She was among the first to bottle wines at the Domaine. Her daughter, Colette, followed in her footsteps, developing the Domaine’s reputation for excellence. When Louis Jadot acquired the 18-hectare property in 2008, its goal was to continue working in the tradition established by the Ferrets.

Since 1840 Domaine Ferret has had an uninterrupted tradition of women as directors/winemakers, a tradition that has been continued by Audrey Braccini since 2008. Join us as we talk with Audrey, about the geography, the history, and the wines of Domaine Ferret from Pouilly Fuissé.

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4 Responses to “The Vineyards of Pouilly Fuissé – with Domaine J. A. Ferret”

  1. 1 Anonymous Aug 15th, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Hey guys, normally I really enjoy the show but this most recent one with Domaine Ferret was aggravating to listen to because of poor interview technique. Brian – your job as a host is to facilitate discussion and allow the guests to express themselves. It’s not an occasion for you to ramble about your unsubstantiated opinions on premox, for example, the cause of which has not yet been definitively nailed down. It’s not a cross examination. And it’s just rude to frequently interrupt the guest or talk over them, especially when English is not their first language and answers might not be as snappy as with a native speaker.

  2. 2 Brian Clark Aug 15th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Hello Anonymous,

    You are right, I tend to get excited and speak over guest at times; it’s an issue I acknowledge and will work on in the future. Thanks for the great feedback.

    As far as the premox, its not unsubstantiated – It’s my personal experiences and this is what I have found to be the case at times. Especially in vintages from 1996-1998. I’m clearly not the only one who shares this feeling and many experts have the same opinion. But that’s what makes wine fun, we all have different experiences and preferences.

  3. 3 PK Chua Dec 23rd, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Hi I would like to ask is there a difference in quality if a pouilly fuisse wine doesnt have a village name? for example Domaine de XXXX Pouilly-Fuissé vs Domaine de XXX Pouilly-Fuissé Les Chevrières

  4. 4 GrapeRadio Bunch Dec 31st, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    The “quality” level is somewhat arguable. It is largely agreed that the specific location is gives more validity to the fruit, and hence to the wine. So, in this case, Les Chevrières describes a specific locale within Pouilly Fuissé.


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