Château de la Chaize
Château de La Chaize is among the oldest, most historic estates in Burgundy’s Beaujolais region. Cared for by the same family for nearly three and a half centuries, the estate has been passed on to new owners, the Gruy family, who are equally committed to managing the estate with the utmost care, while implementing an ambitious environmental plan. Among the many initiatives is the conversion of all vineyards to organic farming, the adoption of precision viticulture, reducing carbon their carbon footprint, and recycling every by-product from viti- and vinicultural activity, to achieve zero waste.TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES
Pouilly-Fuissé lies in southern Burgundy’s Maconnais region and is produced only from Chardonnay grapes. Vineyards are planted on hillsides containing limestone-rich clay soils with a granitic subsoil. The appellation was established in 1936 and covers roughly 800 ha at altitudes around 200 - 300m a.s.l. Wines tend to be full-bodied, ripe and elegant. There is no Premier Cru system in Pouilly-Fuissé.
One of the most ubiquitous grapes, Chardonnay is a chameleon; its profile is based heavily on the region it grows and the winemaking style of the producer. In Pouilly-Fuissé, where Chardonnay is the only allowed grape, wines tend to exhibit: minerality, nuts (almond & hazelnut), citrus (lemon, grapefruit, & pineapple), white fruits (peaches), and sweet and autolysis notes (breadcrumbs, buttered brioche, & honey).
Hand harvested from a selection of different vineyard sites within Pouilly-Fuissé from ~50-year-old vines. Traditional fermentation takes place at a low temperature (62.6° F). There is no malolactic fermentation.
50% of the wine is aged in stainless steel, 50% in foudres.
Notes of citrus, iodine and florals, this wine is balances bright acidity and minerality with an ample body and yellow fruits and spice flavors.