White Burgundy: Domaine de la Soufrandise

Domaine de la Soufrandise is a small family-run property of approximately fourteen and a quarter acres, consisting of some 20 parcels. Most vines are over 30 years old, with the vieilles vignes (old vines) having closer to 45 years. Nicolas and Françoise Melin are the owners of the property with Nicolas tending to most of the winemaking duties. He is quite the perfectionist, and making exceptional wines must start with excellent 'matière primère' or primary materials. His vineyards and grapes are meticulously maintained. Nicolas wasn't always a winemaker, he had been an engineer in the forestry industry. When the winemaker who leased the family vineyard passed away suddenly in 1986, Nicolas and Françoise decided, after much reflection, to embrace adventure and dive into the life of wine as a new career. After studies at the University of Dijon's wine school and some on-the-job training, Nicolas was ready to go. You will see, he has embraced the land and the land has embraced the grapes!

  • Pouilly-Fuisse, Clos Marie

    Nicolas likes to preserve as much fruit as possible in this bottling. Only one third of the wine spends time in oak, and it is 1-2 year-old barrels to give texture, not woodiness. ‘Clos Marie’ is pure, unabashed Chardonnay fruit in the Burgundy style: fresh, bright with citrus and minerally tones, a firm mid-palate and a long, crisp finish. The old oak adds complexity, not woodiness, and the wine benefits from this. It is not as fat and rich as the ‘Levrouté’ or the ‘Vieilles Vignes’, but it will go better with shellfish or your favorite cream or butter sauced fish. This Chardonnay is to be enjoyed fairly young.

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