Terroir: 80+ year old parcels; silty and schist soil on volcano-sedimentary rock
Winemaking: manual harvest; indigenous yeast; alcoholic and malolactic fermentation done in same oak barrel
In the beginning of the 19th century, Claude Denogent took over his father’s vineyards. Back from war in 1922, he bought the estate of Fuissé with his wife, Marie, and extended the property. In 1971, he gave the keys to his daughter, Andrée Robert. In 1988, Jean-Jacques Robert stopped studying law to take over the 5-ha family running on both terroirs of Fuissé and Solutré-Pouilly. He stuck with his grandfather’s philosophy.
His elder son, Nicolas, studied wine-growing and oenology and worked in Lyon at Antic Wine, Georges Dos Santos’ wineshop, and at Neyers Vineyards in the Napa Valley; he joined the Domaine in 2007. Antoine worked in the Côte de Beaune at the Domaine de Bellene with Nicolas Potel; he joined the Domaine in 2013.
The Domaine has been farming the former vineyard of Jules Chauvet, a pioneer of organic wine growing and French natural wines, since January 2012, following a strict organic procedure. They now own several parcels under the appellation of Beaujolais-Villages, representing 1.20 ha of the 6-ha vineyard.
The vineyard now covers a 10 hectare-area on more than thirty parcels, all produced from Chardonnay and Gamay grapes.