Producer: Château-Fuissé - Famille Vincent
The Vincent family has been at the Virginia creeper-clad Château Fuissé since 1862, although the estate itself dates back to 1368. The tower dates from the 15th century and its interior is decorated with tapestries and even a suit of armour which has provided some amusement during our tastings!
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Antoine Vincent now makes the wine, having taken over from his famous father, Jean-Jacques Vincent, whilst brother-in-law, Philip Tuinder, and sister Bénédicte run the commercial side. The domaine stands at 30 ha with vines in Pouilly-Fuissé, St-Véran, Mâcon and Juliénas, all cultivated with limited use of treatments. Their ‘Tête de Cru’ is a masterful blend from many sites while the Vieilles Vignes is from 40 to 70 year-old vines. Three single vineyard wines are made, the most rewarding of which we feel is Le Clos from a gently sloping, stony clay vineyard situated just behind the château. The over-arching aim is for natural ripeness, concentration and a mineral freshness that reflects the character of the vines. Jean-Jacques was fastidious about the careful use of oak, the wines generally spending nine months in barrel on their lees, and this continues under Antoine.