Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé Cuvée Hors-Classe "Les Ménétrières" 2019, Burgundy, France

Situated in the heart of Fuissé, Domaine Ferret has long been a producer of top Pouilly-Fuissé cuvées. The estate was managed by the Ferret family from its founding in 1840 until it was purchased by Louis Jadot in 2008. As the first domaine to begin bottling on the estate, and with its long-standing focus on vinifying each parcel separately, Domaine Ferret has played a key role in defining the quality of the region. Its wines, which are made from Chardonnay grapes grown in vineyards located in the heart of the property, express both the diversity and the purity of Pouilly Fuissé. Les Ménétrières is a southeast-facing vineyard less than one hectare in size that borders the village of Fuissé. One third of the vines are 40 years old; one third are 20, and a third are 10. The upper half of the vineyard is planted on shale, while the lower half is planted on pearly slabs. The soil is composed of alluvial deposits, a mix of deep silt and clay with few stones. The subsoil features streaks of limestone and limestone marls, while top layers are rich in stone-free limestone deposits and light marls. Fermentation takes place in oak barrels, of which 20% are new, and is followed by a period of six months’ aging on fine lees.