Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2018 edition review of the 2016 vintage of the Maconnais village appellations (see blue link below)
Domaine Ferrand Pouilly-Fuissé Prestige 2016 - June 2018 Decanter review
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 vineyard into 10.5 hectares in the heart of the Pouilly-Fuissé. In 2012, Nadine was joined by her eldest daughter Marine, the fourth generation to work in the family business. Having worked in sales and marketing 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”. Their wines are characterised by lovely balance and elegant flavours of fresh butter combined with a typical minerality.
The vineyard sits in the heart of the appellation, on sunny slopes at an altitude of 250 to 300 metres above sea level. Home to 60-year old vines, which are cordon-trained and grown in chalky, limestone and heavy clay soils from the Jurassic period.
The grapes were pneumatically pressed, before being decanted to thermoregulated stainless steel vats, where fermentation took place. 30% of the wine was then aged on its lees in new French oak casks, with a weekly bâtonnage for additional weight, texture and creaminess in the final wine. The wine then went through malolactic fermentation, followed by racking, blending and a light filtering, prior to being bottled.
This wine is suitable for vegans.
A full-flavoured and creamy wine with toasty and buttery notes combined with savoury minerality. Rich and complex with ripe white fruit aromas and subtle hints of oak. On the palate, it is round and creamy with a nutty, toffee finish.