Domaine Vessigaud is a small property, established in the 18th century and encompassing some of the very finest vineyard plots in Pouilly-Fuissé. The current winemaker, Pierre Vessigaud, is the latest of a long line of winemakers in the family, each passing down tradtional winemaking methods to the successive generations.
Domaine Pierre Vessigaud has existed for 5 generations (beginning in 1839). The domaine is located in the hamlet of Pouilly in the heart of the appellation Pouilly-Fuissé. Pierre took over the estate after his father in 1988. Pierre has been working in the most natural way possible since 1998 practicing organic viticulture without claiming the ‘organic label’.
Pierre Vessigaud works to a simple philosophy: there cannot be great wine without great terroir. First and foremost, he concentrates on producing the very finest grapes for his wine to great effect.
Domaine Pierre Vessigaud’s vineyards cover around 8 hectares, 3 in Mâcon and 5 in Pouilly-Fuissé, with an average vine age of 35 years. The vineyards are characterized with a South and South East exposure with a soil made of chalk, clay, marne and stones at an elevation of 200-250m above sea level.
Harvesting is done by hand the grapes are pressed directly without destemming. Only wild yeasts are used for fermentation which takes place in barrel (both alcoholic fermentation and malolactic are allowed to take place). The majority of wine is aged a minimum of 12 months in 1-10 year old oak barrels along with the use of 5% new oak barrels.
Deep and bright golden yellow robe. A lot of legs in the glass announcing a consistent wine. The nose is very ripe and expressive showing floral and mineral notes. Notes of spices, tea and honey. On the palate the wine is rich, concentrated and unctuous with characters of peach, pear and roasted almonds. The finish is astonishingly long. This wine can be kept for up to 6 years.