Domaine de La Chapelle, Catherine & Pascal Rollet

France, Bourgogne, Mâconnais

 
 

Organic


“I bought the Estate recently, which I had leased since 1982, because I owned no vines when I started.  I had to acquire the experience through my passion for the wines and nature. I was quickly fascinated by the potential of Pouilly-Fuissé’s reputation and the soil of this Estate that I now finally own, which is one of the oldest of the Pouilly Fuissé appellation, since 1904. The Estate is situated in the heart of Pouilly. The wines completely reflect the remarkable structure of the soil.  One finds the floral and mineral notes followed by a sufficiently powerful structure to be recognized among the best wines of the Burgundy area (publications in Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, Guide Hachette and numerous medals). The average age of the vineyard of the Estate is approximately 57 years, so I am particularly fortunate to work out vintages from very concentrated grapes. The very advantageous microclimate (South, South/East exposure) associated with a marly clay-limestone makes it possible for the Chardonnay grape variety to fully express itself. All plants are Chardonnay. The cultivated surface corresponds to 3.80 hectares of Pouilly-Fuissé, 1.45 of Mâcon-Solutré-Pouilly and 2,05 hectares of Saint-Véran. The mode of culture of the vineyard remains very traditional; Ploughing of the grounds (2 to 3 passages per year), manures are exclusively organic, extensive pruning and growing grass under young vineyards (simple Guyot), and no insecticidal treatment has been used for 22 years. Harvest is entirely manual, sorted on the spot by a team of harvesters faithful to the Estate for years. Several parcels are harvested twice (two passages) for a better maturation of the grapes. The entire cellar is thermo-regulated (barrels included) to extract the most subtle flavors during the wine making. The yeasts of wine making are natural, issued from the Estate, not cultured. Modern technologies are adapted to the traditional methods to ensure each year a qualitative regularity of the wines: precise proportioning of oxygenations, temperatures, protecting against oxidation with nitrogen blanketing, etc. Passion began and remains the leitmotiv of the Estate to ensure exceptional quality wines and regularity each year.” - Pascal Rollet, January 2016.

 

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Macon Soultre Pouilly Chardonnay 30-50 years Clay-limestone Organic
Saint-Véran "Madame Noly" Chardonnay 55-60 years Rocky limestone with some clay Organic
Saint-Véran "Les Perriers" Chardonnay Average 41 years Clay soils and stoney limestone subsoil Organic
Pouilly-Fuissé Grand Climats Chardonnay Average 30 years Clay-limestone Organic
Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 60-80 years Clay-limestone Organic
Pouilly-Fuissé "Aux Bouthieres Chardonnay Average 72 years Clay-limestone over white marl Organic
Pouilly-Fuissé "Clos de la Chapelle" Chardonnay 93 years (1922) Marl-limestone over compact clay Organic