Domaine Ferrand is run by Nadine Ferrand who has managed the estate since 1984. Through her courage, determination and intuition she has developed and transformed the 10.5 hectare vineyard in the heart of the Pouilly Fuisse. In 2012, Nadine was joined by her eldest daughter Marine, the fourth generation to work in the family business. Having worked in the wine industry in the United States, Marine has brought with her innovative ideas while continuing the family philosophy of “expressing Chardonnay with a feminine touch”. Domaine Ferrand holds the Haute Valeur Environmentale (HVE) certification, which officially recognises the environmental performance of winegrowers, including biodiversity conservation, plant protection strategies, managed fertiliser use and water resource management.
2018 was a good quality vintage with yields significantly up in the Maconnais region. Despite the warm conditions during the summer months and the early start to the harvest, three months of heavy rain from February to April ensured there were plenty of soil water reserves and no hydric stress. The wines have delicate acidity, complexity and finesse.
The vineyard is situated on east and southeast facing slopes at an altitude of 250 to 300 metres above sea level. The 45 year old vines are cordon trained and grown in chalkylimestone and heavy clay soils from the Jurassic period. Domaine Ferrand holds the HVE Level 3 certification which officially recognises the environmental performance of winegrowers, including biodiversity conservation, plant protection strategies, managed fertiliser use and water resource management.
The grapes were gently pressed in a pneumatic press and fermented with wild yeasts at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks, to retain the purity of fruit and the nuances of the terroir. Racking, blending and estate bottling took place in September.
An elegant Pouilly Fuisse showing aromas of fresh mint, peach and citrus that carry through to a fresh and mineral palate. A rich, complex and well balanced wine with remarkable vivacity on the finish.