Established in 1749 in the heart of Sancerre, Domaine Fouassier is one of the oldest wine growing families in the Loire Valley with a history that spans several generations. For centuries they have dedicated themselves to preserving and capturing the terroir and the noble Sauvignon grape varietal through an extensive range of appellation wines. The 21st century began with the arrival of Fouassier’s 10th generation, Benoit and Paul. In continuing to honour the terroir as their ancestors did, the brothers took things one step further, converting to organic and biodynamic farming and winemaking. In 2011, they were certified by ECOCERT and BIODYVIN, both of whom recognized Domaine Fouassier as 100% compliant with all international organic and biodynamic guidelines.
Today, the estate is comprised of nearly 56 hectares, 80% of which are planted with Sauvignon Blanc and 20% with Pinot Noir, making Fouassier the largest landholders in the Sancerre appellation. The vines range in age from 10-50 years. Planted across varying elevations spanning 150 to 300 meters above sea level, they primarily enjoy south-eastern exposures. Extremely complex soils vary from vineyard to vineyard, some with a high concentration of limestone and deep layers of calcareous clay or Kimmeridgian marl, and some flinty with stones and layers of compacted chalk that contribute to the famous minerality found in the white wines from the region.
Aggressive pruning is carried out multiples times throughout the year to help keep yields low and ensure that only the finest fruit remains on the vine. The grapes are mechanically harvested at their peak between mid September and early October, depending on the vineyard, allowing them to work quickly and capture the fruit at its peak.
State-of-the-art machinery is utilized throughout the winemaking process, but tradition is not forgotten. Upon reception at the winery, the grapes are gently pressed using a pneumatic press. The free-run juice is transferred to stainless steel tanks by use of gravity to undergo fermentation using only ambient and natural yeasts from the vineyard. The white wines are briefly aged on fine lees to add complexity. In keeping with tradition, all work done in the cellar is based on the lunar calendar.
Domaine Fouassier’s portfolio consists of 20 different wines, many of which are single-vineyard offerings, and are mainly specialists in Sancerre. This, from directly across the Loire, is one of their rare Pouilly-Fumés. The vines are grown on Pouilly-Fumé's plateau and hillsides (rather than in the village's lower areas). The Domaine des Cassiers is made with vines aged from 20 to 40 years old. The vines are pruned as single Guyot. The free-run juice yield average is around 50hl/ha. To protect grape quality to the utmost -ie for speed and minimal handling - the harvest is de-stemmed and sent to the pneumatic press via conveyor belts.
100% Sauvignon Blanc.
Bright in the glass with golden hints. The nose is fine and mineral with a noticeable, classic Pouilly-Fume gunflint palate with pronounced citrus fruits. The wine finishes fine and lively and is surprisingly full(er)-bodied for a classic Loire Sauvignon Blanc.