Since 2018, Pouilly-Fumé has had new blood in its ranks with the arrival of Antoine Gouffier at Domaine du Bouchot.
Antoine is driving a new dynamic for this appellation which had gradually become bogged down in a very average production, driven by a conventional approach very little inclined to change. He seems to embody this necessary renewal with an approach oriented towards respect for the living and the terroir.
However, it took twelve years for Antoine Gouffier to return to his native land.
Domaine du Bouchot now has just over ten hectares of Sauvignon, located in the southwestern part of Saint-Andelain. Antoine Gouffier and his wife produce very fine biodynamic grapes (Organic Agriculture since 2009, the first domain converted from the appellation, and Demeter-certified Biodynamic since 2020). Long-term work and immense energy to make this transition carried out with the former owners of Domaine Rachel and Pascal Kerbiquet. This meticulous work is reflected in the wines, which inevitably stand out from the standards of the appellation.
It is therefore no coincidence that the Domaine du Bouchot was elected "Discovery of the Year 2022" by the Revue du Vin de France which underlines the quality of its first vintage, distinguished during a blind tasting.
Antoine's philosophy: correct ripening of the grapes. The harvest, later compared to the local trend, brings uniqueness to the wines. The approach to the vineyard is played out in Burgundy style with a real reflection on the soil-vine-exposure balance.
Once the harvest has entered the cellar, fermentation in stainless steel vats is naturally triggered by indigenous yeasts without adding sulfur until bottling. For the latter, light filtrations will suffice to affirm even more the refined style of the wines. Aging in concrete eggs, demi-muids of 8 to 10 wines from Burgundy friends also in biodynamics. Note that Antoine Gouffier is the only one in the appellation to make macerations, in particular with full vinification in barrels for some of his cuvées.
The Domaine's wines express Sauvignon Blanc de Pouilly-Fumé in a different way: the aromatics are pleasant, subtly perfumed. As for the mouths, they are at the same time solid, sapid and nervous. We have no doubt that this level of requirement will be maintained in future vintages!