Project Description

Marcel Couturier Pouilly-Loché 2018

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Marcel Couturier Pouilly-Loché 2018

Marcel’s Pouilly-Loché comes from east-facing parcels with over 35-year-old chardonnay vines near the village of Loché. The vineyards are known for heavy clay calcareous soils, which give wines of substance, grip, and longevity. Marcel’s wines from Pouilly-Loché are structured and serious, architectural and firm. 

Farming is certified organic, pending biodynamic certification. Only native yeasts are utilized for fermentation. Marcel’s approach is the definition of natural, employing the lowest intervention winemaking imaginable; the wine is put into barrel and left there until right before the following harvest, following the rhythm of the seasons. Sulfur levels are very low; however, the wines are always correct. His wines offer incredible delicacy with aromatic purity and complexity as a result.

Vintage – 2018 was a dream vintage in the Mâconnais, providing generous volumes and superb quality. Rain was a key player in shaping the 2018 vintage. It was very present in winter, allowing the vines to establish some reserves before a particularly hot and dry summer. The plants were in great shape, helped by nice weather in the springtime, and flowering was perfect, resulting in abundant, generous bunches. No major weather events upset the growth cycle, and the harvest began during the last ten days of August, continuing until the end of September with a lovely, healthy crop. The wines offer remarkable aromatic intensity, and they are balanced, with impressive structure.

Vinification – After a manual harvest, whole bunches of grapes are crushed in pneumatic presses. Two presses are used simultaneously to avoid any oxidation or loss of aromatics. The must is then naturally decanted and racked off its gross lees before going into barrel (10% new) for fermentation with indigenous yeasts. As the cellar is kept cold, fermentation is very slow and goes on into the following spring. Malolactic fermentation goes into the following summer. The wines are left untouched with no racking in the same barrels until bottling the following August. The wines ferment and age in the same barrels without racking and bâtonnage, as Marcel is wary of making the wines too fat and leesy. The wines are very low-sulfur.

  • Site: Pouilly-Loché at 240m, eastern exposure

  • Grapes: Chardonnay

  • Vine Age: Over 35 years old

  • Soil: Clay calcareous, limestone, and sand

  • Vinification: Fermented with indigenous yeast in 90% old and 10% new barrels

  • Aging: 12 months in fermentation barrels

  • Farming: Organic, Pending Biodynamic

  • SO2: 50 mg/l total

  • Suggested Retail: $30.00