des Quarts Pouilly Fuisse Clos des Quarts 2012

des Quarts Pouilly Fuisse Clos des Quarts 2012  - Les Marchands Restaurant & Wine Merchant
Sold Out

Before reading about this magical property, it is important to understand how
Dominique Lafon’s love affair with the Mâconnais region began.  In the
mid-1990s, he was already spending time there with his friend Olivier Merlin,
one of a handful of quality driven vignerons that began to put this region on
the map as being capable of producing top-flight wines.  It became clear
that after Dominique’s exploits in putting his family’s winery in Meursault in
the stratosphere of Côte d’Or estates, that he had his sights on southern
Burgundy, seeing great potential to really prove something. Olivier’s passion
and understanding of the area helped draw him in. Since 2003, Olivier had been
purchasing the grapes grown in the ‘Clos des Quarts’ vineyard making it his
finest Pouilly Fuissé, although he had no control over the vineyard
practices.  When he found out that the vineyard (and Château) were up for
sale in 2012 he contacted his friend Dominique and a new partnership was born. 
Their goal is to elevate this great terroir to the highest level of the Pouilly
Fuissé appellation.  Olivier’s team will work the vineyards and together
the two will make the wines in the Merlin cellars of La Roche Vineuse. The
estate is located on the crest of the hill of Chaintré, oriented southeast
overlooking the Saone valley and Mâcon.  Its location on top of a large
swath of limestone bedrock make it the finest terroir, by far, in a village
where most of the vineyards possess overly high levels of rich clay, making
wines that are less compelling.  Roughly 2.23 hectares (5 acres), this
walled Monopole vineyard will certainly be part of the upcoming premier cru
classification for certain parcels of Pouilly Fuissé.

  • Winemaker Dominique Lafon and Oliver Merlin
  • Country France
  • Region Burgundy
  • Appellation Pouilly Fuisse
  • Vineyard Clos des Quarts Monopole