Producer wine
Domaine Valette

COUNTRY :
France

REGION :
Burgundy

PRODUCTION :

Philippe Valette

Three generations of winemakers have worked this 8.5 ha estate in Chaintre, a small village in the south of Burgundy between the Mâcon and Beaujolais. Philippe’s father was the first farmer in the region to stop selling grapes to the co-op and create his own Domaine wine.
After finishing wine school in 1990, Philippe made the decision to convert the vineyards to organics. The next two years were full of trial and error considering his wine education never included anything about organic viticulture. With time, Philippe managed to train his chardonnay plots to maximize terroir expression without any chemical treatments. Rather, Philippe depended on the diverse mico-biological life in his vineyards to make dynamic wines. Depending on the cuvée and the vintage, Philippe will age his wines in old oak from 6 months to as long as 5 years.
Philippe is known as one of the godfathers of natural winemaking, especially in the Mâcon. He is widely respected for his knowledge of vine biology and his wines are featured on many of the great wine lists of France, Northern Europe, and now, the United States too.

CUVÉES
Wine

Pouilly-Fuissé Clos Reyssié

Grape: Single parcel old vine Chardonnay
Vineyard Size:
Soil: limestone & clay
Harvest: manual
Winemaking: slow direct press fermented without sulphites, wild yeast
Aging: 72 months on lees in old barrel
Fining: no
Filtration: no
So2: at bottling

Wine

Pouilly-Vinzelles

Grape: Old vine Chardonnay
Vineyard Size:
Soil: limestone & clay
Harvest: manual
Winemaking: slow direct press fermented without sulphites, wild yeast
Aging: 30 months on lees in old barrel
Fining: no
Filtration: no
So2: at bottling

Wine

Pouilly-Fuissé

Grape: Chardonnay
Vineyard Size: single parcel
Soil: limestone & clay
Harvest: manual
Winemaking: slow direct press fermented without sulphites, wild yeast
Aging: 30 months on lees in old barrel
Fining: no
Filtration: no
So2: at bottling
Wine

Mâcon Chaintré

Grape: Chardonnay
Ha: 4ha
Age of the vine: 65 years
Soil: clay and silt
Harvest: manual
Winemaking: slow direct press fermented without sulphits, wild yeast
Aging: 31 months 20%on the tank 80% on oak
No filtration
No fining
So2: at bottling

Wine

Viré Clessé

Grape: Chardonnay
Ha: 1.48
Age of the vine: 62 years
Soil: limestone and clay
Harvest: manual
Winemaking: slow direct press fermented in oak
Aging: 30 months on the lees in old barrels
No filtration
No fining
So2: at bottling

Wine

Mâcon Village

Grape: Chardonnay
Ha: 2.70
Age of the vine: 15 years
Soil: limestone and clay
Harvest: manual
Winemaking: slow direct press fermented in tank
Aging: 12 months on the lees in tank
No filtration
No fining
So2: at bottling