Domaine la Soufrandise is located in Fuissé, in the centre of the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. They have seven hectares of vineyards (six in Pouilly-Fuissé and one in Macon-Fuissé), which are spread over 30 different parcels, over half of which are more than 45 years old. This arrangement provides Nicolas with multiple options for blending his flagship Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes. The vines are planted on brown limestone-clay soil between 250 – 350 metres above sea level, which lends both power and bright acidity to the wines. The grapes are harvested by hand at a later than average date to capture the ripe, exotic fruit flavours.
This old-vine Chardonnay has aromas of white nectarine, peach and a subtle hint of tropical fruit on the nose. The minerality from the chalky soils shines through on the palate, alongside great concentration and fresh acidity with hints of smoke and lemon zest on the long finish.
The Melin family have managed Domaine La Soufrandise, in the heart of Fuissé, since the 1850s. When the lease ran out in 1986, Nicolas Melin and his wife Françoise decided to take over the domaine despite having no previous winemaking or viticulture experience. Nicolas learned on the job, while studying oenology at Dijon University on the side, becoming the sixth generation of the Melin family to run the domaine. His attitude towards biodiversity and meticulous attention to detail, which stem from his background in engineering and forestry, resulted in a switch to sustainable vineyard management. After their children decided to pursue different paths, Nicolas and Françoise sold the domaine in 2022 to a young, enterprising couple, Barthélemy Gruot and Justine Vichard. Barthélemy and Justin have managed Domaine La Soufrandise since the 2023 vintage and have started a transition to organic vineyard management.