Domaine J A Ferret is located in the heart of the village of Fuissé in the Maconnais wine-growing subregion of southern Burgundy. Fuisse is located approximately 6km to the south west of the town of Macon. Domaine Ferret is located at Le Plan, see map below. I was luck enough to visit the winery a few years ago and the winery is situated at the bottom of a natural amphitheatre with the majority of their vineyards stretching out around it.
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The Maconnais subregion has no permier cru rated vineyards. Growers, particularly in Pouilly Fuisse, have been campaigning for a cru system to be implemented for a number of years and Domaine Ferret are confident that some of their vineyards (or climats), like Clos des Prouges, would be near the top of any such classification. As with most of Burgundy, with a couple of exceptions, only Chardonnay is permitted in Pouilly Fuisse.
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Domaine Ferret can trace its history back to its foundation in 1840, way before the official creation of the Pouilly Fuisse AOC in 1936. Jeanne Ferret was responsible for establishing their Tete de Cru and Hors Classes wines, single parcel wines from the best vineyard sites that the domaine has become renowned for. After World War II, she was also responsible for moving from bulk wine production to bottling the wines at the Domaine at a time when this was not the done thing. Domaine Ferret remained in the Ferret family until 2008 when the domaine was acquired by Louis Jadot. The current winemaker is Audrey Braccini who continues the uninterrupted tradition of women winemakers right back to 1840. Some of the wines have been bottled under Louis Jadot labels but the majority of the wines are bottled under the Domaine Ferret label. The estate comprises over 42.5 hectares of vineyard with 32.5 located in the amphitheatre of Fuissé itself and 10 near the Roche de Vergisson.
Domaine Ferret continue to vinify small, substainably farmed parcels of vineyard to fully allow the expression of their varied terroirs. Their top vineyards from Ferret are,
Tete de Cru “Le Clos” – a monopole, a parcel of east facing, 0.69 hectares, 20 to 40 years old adjacent to the property’s house.
Tete de Cru “Clos de Prouges” – this is a single vineyard, sometimes sold under a Louis Jadot label.
Tete de Cru “Les Perrieres” – sourced from a hectare of vines above the “Les Clos” parcel, south-east aspect, average age of vine 35 years old. Steeper than the vineyard of “Le Clos”.
Hors Class “Les Menetriers” – south east facing vineyard, less than half a hectare with an equal split of 40, 20 and 10 year old vines.
Hors Clos “Tournant de Pouilly” – an east-facing, gently sloping one hectare vineyard in the northern part of the village of Fuissé.
Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse
This is the estate’s main Pouilly Fuisse, it is a blend of wine vinified from the best parcels of vines sourced from Fuissé’s amphitheatre – so bits and pieces from all the vineyards (and others) mentioned above. The vines have an average age of 10 to 35 years and the soil is predominantly limestone and clay. After vinification the wine is aged half in concrete tanks and half in used oak barrels (2 to 5th fill, no new oak).
Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse Tasting Notes
Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse 2013 has a good balance of freshness an weight. The nose is reminiscent of stone fruits, floral / acacia notes, honeysuckle, quince and hazelnut aromas that are characteristic of wines from this region. The palate is supply, fresh, intense, there is a slight creaminess balanced by very clean minerality. Long and lingering finish.