Domaine Geoffrey Chevalier

Fuissé

4.64 ha

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geoffrey Chevalier represents the fifth generation to work his family’s vineyards in the Macon. Geoffrey began his tenure in 2012 with an inheritance of 4.68 hectares spread throughout the appellations of Pouilly-Fuisse, Macon-Fuisse, Pouilly Loche, Macon-Chaintre and Beaujolais-Villages. His inspiration is his grandfather and he wants to work in the same , namely, plowing the land (Geoffrey uses both a tractor and a horse), avoiding chemicals and doing as much work as possible by hand. He is committed to farming organically and has begun to incorporate biodynamic principles in his work. All harvesting is done by hand, there is no chaptalisation and fermentations occur with indigenous yeasts. The total SO2 in his wines is less than 40mg.

 

Pouilly-Fuisse  3.17h

Geoffrey farms just over three hectares in Pouilly-Fuisse that are divided between 14 parcels. The appellation’s variety of terroirs is well illustrated from the broad scope of elevation, slope and soil found in the different parcels. The vineyards in general were planted between 60 and 80 years ago with certain rows dating back a century. At present, Geoffrey sells a good portion of his wine to negociants and bottles one cuvee by blending several parcels. In the future, Geoffrey plans to produce wines that correspond to individual parcels. In the very near future, the INAO is likely to grant 1er Cru status to a number of parcels in Pouilly-Fuisse, and Geoffrey will benefit from the upgraded status of a few of his parcels. The wine making can be described as low tech. Before fermentation the must is allowed to settle for a few days after which fermentation is carried out in small enamel lined stainless steel tanks. The wine is matured in steel or cement tanks with extended lees contact.

Jacques Fanet, in his book, Great Wine Terroirs, gives the following description of the wines of Pouilly-Fuissé that encapsulates the complex balancing act achieved by Geoffrey Chevalier’s wine.

 “… wines tend to be rich and opulent, with mineral aromas and notes of citrus mixed with accents of honey and buttery brioche.”

 

Macon-Fuissé  .54h

Geoffrey farms a half of a hectare in Macon-Fuissé. The vineyard was planted 18 years ago. The wine making is low tech. Before fermentation the must is allowed to settle for a few days after which fermentation is carried out in small enamel lined stainless steel tanks. The wine is matured in steel or cement tanks with extended lees contact.

 

Pouilly-Loché  .51 hectares

Pouilly-Loché is an appellation of only 31 hectares sandwiched between Pouilly-Fuissé and Pouilly-Vinzelles. Geoffrey farms a half of a hectare in the appellation and his parcel is in the “lieu-dit” called “Les Murs” which at 250 meters in elevation, is the highest point in the appellation. The vineyard was planted 18 years ago on particularly chalky soil. The wine making is low tech. Before fermentation the must is allowed to settle for a few days after which fermentation is carried out in small enamel lined stainless steel tanks. The wine is matured in steel or cement tanks with extended lees contact.