Domaine Pierre Vessigaud

Pouilly, Burgundy, France

Domaine Pierre Vessigaud, located in the hamlet of Pouilly in the heart of the Pouilly-Fuisse appellation, was founded in 1839 and has been in the same family ever since. Pierre Vessigaud, the 5th generation to manage the estate, took over in 1988 and has been working organically in the vineyards ever since.  He submitted for recognition by Ecocert (AB) in 2010.

The estate consists of around 8 hectares in total: 3 hectares in Mâcon and 5 ha in Pouilly-Fuissé. All the vines are manually plowed. The vines average 35 years and the vineyards have a south/south-east exposure and soil consisting of chalk, clay and morainic shells and stones. The vineyards are between 200-250 meters high with a high plantationdensity of 8,500 plants/ha.

Pierre uses only copper sulphate in order to protect the vines. The grapes are harvested manually in small boxes and are pressed without destemming. All fermentations are spontaneous, using only wild yeasts. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels aging from one to ten years old.

Pierre’s goal is to produce precise wines with freshness, crispness and minerality. He wants them to be rich yet drinkable with a recognizable balance. In order to get this year after year, Pierre focuses on organics and low production in the vineyard followed by fermentation and extended aging in good quality barrels. 

"This 11-hectare domaine in the village of Pouilly is a source of fine wines that deserve to be better known. Fifth-generation vigneron Pierre Vegissaud has long plowed his soils and eschewed chemical products, attaining organic certification in 2010. Yields are limited to 40 hectoliters per hectare, a rarity for the region and which likely accounts for the concentration of these wines. Manual harvesting is followed by fermentation in used barrels, with the wines unhurriedly completing their élevage on the lees in stainless steel. Succulent but serious, any bottle bearing Vessigaud's label is well worth seeking out." - William Kelley, robertparker.com

For more information, please visit: http://www.vins-pierrevessigaud.fr


Our Selections

Vessigaud Macon-Fuisse Le Haut de Fuisse	2015

Macon-Fuisse Le Haut de Fuisse 2017

Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Vineyard: 2 Ha
Soil: chalky clay soil with marl and limestones
Altitude: 200m
Density of plantation: 8.500 feet/ha
Average age of the vines: 45 year old
Exposure: East and South East

Winegrowing: plowing the soil, short pruning in Guyot simple with « pliage en Arcure », and green harvest. Only use of sulfur and copper for treatment. Manual harvest in cases, long and direct crushing, fermentation of 100% in 20 year old oak barrels called “foudres” of 45 hl. The Estate is working as organic since 1998. Pierre started the conversion officially in 2010. Lieu-dit: “Les Pelées” and “Long Poil”

Winemaking: Directly pressed after harvest, whole bunch of grapes, wild yeast
Fermentation: in barrels
Aging: for 12 months in 45 hl barrels

 
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Pouilly-Fuisse Vers Pouilly 2016

“Vers Pouilly” has a refined and complex bouquet with nuanced scents of passion fruit, citrus peel and limestone. The palate is well-balanced with a fleshy ripe opening of clementine, citrus lemon and lime, struck through with a silver thread of acidity leading to an elegant finish that does not shortchange on either flavor or length. This is a very impressive wine from Vessigaud.

Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Location of parcels: parcel straddling the town of Pouilly Fuisse and in the heart of the appellation, recognized as one of the best climates
Vineyard: 0.5 Ha
Planting density: 8000 vines/ha
Average age of vines: 70 years
Production: 2300 bottles
Soil: clay and limestone, marl
Exposure: South, Southwest
Winegrowing: only low doses of copper and sulfur used, regular plowing vines.
Winemaking: handpicking, pressing of whole grapes (no crushing). Maturing on fine lees for 12 months in barrels. In conversion to organic farming since 2010.
Ideal serving temperature: 12-13 ° C
Food pairing: Bresse poultry, fish, foie gras or as an aperitif
Ageing potential: 8 to 20 years

"The 2016 Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Pouilly is more dramatic, unfurling in the glass with aromas of golden orchard fruit, honeycomb, almond paste and a subtle top note of petrol. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ample and concentrated, with a deep, structured core and succulent balancing acids. Despite its gourmand profile and power, it remains serious and reserved. 93 points" - The Wine Advocate # 238 - 31st Aug 2018

Vessigaud Pouilly-Fuisse Vielles Vignes 2014

Pouilly-Fuisse Vielles Vignes 2016

Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Location of plots: “Les Tâches”, “Les Ménétrières”, “Les Combettes”, “Vigne Blanche”, “Les Reysses”, “Les Châtaigniers”, “Les Champs”
Vineyard: 7 Ha
Density of plantation: 8.500 feet/ha
Soil: chalky clay soil with marl and stones
Altitude: 200 to 250m
Exposure: East and South East
Average age of the vines: 60 year old

Winegrowing: plowing the soil, short pruning in Guyot simple with « pliage en Arcure », and green harvest. Only use of sulfur and copper for treatment. Manual harvest in cases, long and direct crushing, fermentation of 100% in oak barrels. The Estate is working as organic since 1998. Pierre started the conversion officially in 2010.

Winemaking: Directly pressed after harvest, whole bunch of grapes, wild yeast
Fermentation: in barrels
Aging: 18 months in barrels

""The 2016 Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes is excellent, wafting from the glass with notes of honeyed peaches and spring flowers. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, concentrated and textural, with considerable depth and substance that's kept under control, concluding with a long finish. This classy Pouilly-Fuissé was cropped at 25 hectoliters per hectare and saw 18 months of élevage, the final six in stainless steel tank. 91 Points" - The Wine Advocate # 238 - 31st Aug 2018

 
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Pouilly-Fuisse Vers Agniers 2016

Location of parcels: plot located mid hillside in the municipality of Fuissé.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Area: 0.6 hectares
Planting density: 8500 plants / hectare
Age of vines: 20 years
Production: 3000 bottles
Soil: clay-limestone, stony
Exhibition: East-facing
Viticulture Techniques low doses of copper and sulfur, regular plowing of vines.
Winemaking: manual harvesting, pressing of whole grapes. Maturing on fine lees for 12 months in oak barrels

"Notes of honeycomb, nutmeg, dried flowers and ripe peach introduce the 2016 Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Agnières, a medium to full-bodied, satiny wine that's concentrated, bright and pure, concluding with a stony finish. It's a ripe but racy wine that's quintessential Fuissé. 92 Points" - The Wine Advocate # 238 - 31st Aug 2018

"Bright lemon-yellow. Very ripe nose hints at orange juice but it impresses more for its smoky silexminerality than for its primary fruit. Broad and ripe on the palate, with yellow fruit flavors framed and carried by penetrating acidity. This wine has the precision and mineral/acid spine to give it thrust. Really echoes and resounds on the very long, slightly phenolic finish. Ultimately much fruitier than the 2015 version, this wine should enjoy a slow evolution in bottle. (90-92) Points - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com, Nov 2017