Château de Chaintré is run by young winemaker Yannick Paquet. Yannick is the son of Jean-Paul and Monique Paquet, who established themselves in Pouilly Fuissé in 1959. Together the family owns three Pouilly Fuissé domaines and have been making wines since 1971.
Yannick's domaine, Château de Chaintré, consists of four hectares of Pouilly-Fuissé vines with an average age of 35 years. It is located in Chaintré, with the altitude of the vineyard at 200-300 metres above sea level, providing lifted perfumes and crisp acidity. The south and south west exposure on the limestone and clay soils gives the wine the ripeness and weight that is characteristic of Pouilly-Fuissé. The Paquets practice sustainable viticulture or 'la lutte raisonnée'; they apply organic fertiliser annually according to the needs of every plot. Meticulous leaf plucking to increase airflow and exposure to sunlight is employed to combat fungal diseases instead of using sprays.
Burgundy was struck in 2016 with damaging hailstorms and frost which meant that yields were down across the entire region, by as much as 50%. However, what remained was considered good quality, with good balance between acid, alcohol, body and fruit concentration. Harvest began on 16th September and picked at optimum ripeness.
After the grapes were hand harvested, they were sorted to ensure only the healthiest and ripest grapes were vinified. The grapes were pressed gently with a pneumatic press before being put into stainless steel tanks to settle and ferment using indigenous yeasts. The wines was then aged in 90% stainless steel and 10% oak barrels (50% new and 50% second and third fill) for 11 months on their fine lees to add depth and complexity.
Fresh and fruity, the 2016 vintage has the perfect balance between ripe stone fruit aromas and delicate mineral characters from the limestone clay soil.