Château des Rontets
Pouilly Fuisse, Burgundy, France
Along curving back-roads you find Château des Rontets located on top of a hill overlooking the village of Fuisse. Pouilly-Fuissé is the important white wine appellation in the Mâconnais district of Southern Burgundy. Being on top of a hill means that the only water to pass through the vineyards comes from above; purity is the hallmark of Château des Rontets. Fabio and Claire exchanged their city lives as architects and returned to the family home to become farmers; Château des Rontets has been in Claire’s family since 1850.
The property is 6.5ha with the oldest vines being planted in 1910; harvesting is done carefully and by hand. The farm is certified as organic and as such all viticulture is practised with the aim to produce natural grapes of the highest quality. The soils are clay and limestone for the silky fine Clos Varambon and granite for the rich Pierrefolle. Fermentation takes place with natural yeasts only in temperature controlled oak vats. Maturation is on fine lees in oak barrels ranging from 10 to 24 months. After a long period on lees, the wines are racked then bottled without filtration. This is pure, pristine white Burgundy.