Domaine Saumaize

This family estate, based in Vergisson has grown over the years and currently has 3.4 ha in Pouilly-Fuisse, 4.55 ha in Saint-Veran and 0.55 ha in Macon-Bussieres. Jacques and Nathalie are passionate about allowing the character of each of their vineyards express itself in their wines. The vines are manually pruned to a stem with 8–10 ‘eyes’, superfluous buds are trimmed and nipped to leave a reasonable number of grapes, tying and topcutting is by hand, and leaves are stripped off the runners to give the grapes more room and encourage better ripening. All ground is tilled with sparing use of the tractor to avoid compacting. Natural compost is applied regularly. For many years now, only environmentally-responsible treatments are used, including using sulphur, and no insecticides. The grapes are hand-harvested with severe sorting.

Pouilly-Fuisse “Les Courtelongs”. The vineyards are on the eastern slopes of the Roche de Solutré, limey soil with very many small stones on the surface, the result of recent erosion, but at depth it is loamy with a lot of clay. 100 % vinified in casks, 1/5 of which are new; vinified and matured over 10 months. High mineral content.

Pouilly-Fuisse “Sur la Roche”. A plot around 50 years old on the upper slopes of the Roche de Vergisson with very chalky soil. 100% vinified in casks, 1/5 of which are new; vinified and matured over 10 months.

Saint-Veran “En Creches”. From vines between 10 and 30 years old, on chalk/clay soils where the chalk predominates, this wine is vinified in tanks.

Macon-Bussieres “Montbrison”. Comes from a plot located on the edge of the Pouilly–Fuissé appellation north of the village of Vergisson, with soil composed of pure loams covered with a layer of very stony clay soil. This vineyard, half of which is over 50 years old, is partly vinified in casks. With concentrated and expressive citrus flavors, a sophisticated wine pairing well with both fish and poultry dishes.