Bouchié-Chatellier’s vineyard was originally known as “La Renardière,” because it was located near woods where foxes once lived. After chasing out the foxes and clearing the woods, Robert Poirier planted the vineyard in 1932 and introduced new pruning methods. The property lies in the town of Saint Andelain in the heart of the Pouilly-Fumé growing zone, on Kimmeridgean marl soil.
Over time, La Renardière’s special microclimate became famous for its wines. A neighbor, Eugène Bouchié, bought a nearby vineyard in Saint Andelain where the soils are composed of flinty clay and limestone. The two families were eventually joined by marriage, and by incorporating the two vineyards, gave the estate its present name. Eugène Bouchié’s grandson Bernard studied winemaking in Burgundy, and also worked for a Champagne house. His son Arnaud also apprenticed in Burgundy and is now the present director and winemaker.
Today the vineyard extends over 50 acres, looking down to a splendid view of the Loire River. Some of the vines are 65 years old, dating back to the original plantings. The Sauvignon Blanc (locally called Blanc Fumé) ripens to perfection here, tempered by the influence of the Loire and the special soils. All grapes are vinified separately according to the plot where they were grown. Following a gentle pressing, the must flows via gravity and is fermented under temperature control for three weeks. Three different Pouilly-Fumés are made:
Named for the original estate, this makes up most of the production. It is a subtle wine; aromatic and fruity, with a characteristic gunflint flavor of Pouilly-Fumé.
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A special cuvée, in limited production, made up of different parcels of the best grapes, grown on chalk soils. It is distinguished by its complexity and its finesse.
A special reserve wine, made from a selection of grapes on clay-flint Kimmeridgean soil. It is given some extra aging sur lie and is bottled in a special “seduction” bottle. Unlike the other Pouilly-Fumés, it can improve with some bottle age.