Marcel Couturier comes from a long line of vignerons in the southern Mâconnais, where he is just one of four producers estate bottling in Mâcon-Loché. Working his family's old Chardonnay vines, he began estate-bottling in 2005 and has quickly made a name for himself. Marcel likes to take his time, working intuitively, with respect for each terroir and resulting wine. Descending from many generations of farmers in the Mâconnais, he is patient to take his time in the vineyard, as well as the cellar, allowing each wine to reveal itself. Marcel stands out as a traditionalist with his old vines and high standards in an area which is quickly defining itself as a source of top-notch white Burgundy.
Marcel farms 11 hectares of vineyards total in multiple different appellations: Pouilly-Fuissé, Pouilly-Loché, Saint-Véran, Mâcon-Loché, Mâcon-Vinzelles, and Mâcon Blanc. Most of his vines are quite old with many parcels exceeding 70 years of age, with his "young" vines averaging 30 years in age.
His farming is meticulous, employing only organic methods, he plows the soil constantly to curtail weeds and believes the hard, poor clay soils greatly benefit from the aeration and introduction of organic materials. In the winery, the approach is equally hands-off. Marcel is notable for being a non-interventionist in the cellar, utilizing native yeast fermentations deep in his cold cellar in Loché. Marcel never rushes his fermentations by warming the cellar, both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations occur on their schedules in traditional Burgundy barrels. His wines offer delicacy and aromatic complexity as a result.
The entry to his line is Mâcon-Loché Les Longues Terres, which is a pure expression of Chardonnay from the southern Mâconnais, made with fruit from over 35-year-old vines planted in clay calcareous soil in his vineyards in Loché.
His Saint-Véran La Cour des Bois is made with fruit from 70 to 80-year-old vines at the very southern end of the appellation near the village of Chânes, in Saint-Véran. This particular terroir gives the wine an airy, fresh, crisp quality which is uniquely Saint-Véran.
Pouilly-Loché Le Bourg comes from a tiny enclosed parcel of over 70-year-old vines from an exceptional site, in the village of Loché, known for heavy clay calcareous soils which give wines of substance and grip.
Pouilly-Loché Vieilles Vignes is a unique, limited cuvée from Marcel's oldest vines in the village of Loché, from less than 1ha of old-vines which produces a very concentrated wine which is only made in exceptional vintages.
Marcel also owns 0.5ha in the famed Clos Reyssié vineyard in the village of Chaintré, one of four villages which comprise Pouilly-Fuissé. His family has an intimate relationship with this vineyard, beginning with his great-grandfather having drawn the map for original boundaries of Clos Reyssié. One of just 12 producers in the vineyard, his parcel is towards the lower part of the slope, which is beneficial, as a lot of the heavier clay elements get washed from the top. Heavy clay with a vein of limestone running throughout, this vineyard gives incredibly complex, opulent wines which are deeply satisfying.