The 2010 is a lively, juicy style. A Macon that makes most others pale, my favorite wine when I visit the area. Auberge Paradis in St. Amour features this DOMAINE.
|Wine maker notes
|This is not a new Cuvee but it was not sold in France until recently. Most part of our Macon-Villages is a blend of our barrels of Vire-Clesse 1/2 La Verchere », Saint-Veran 1/2 En Combe », Pouilly-Fuisse 1/2 En Carementrant », etc. that we think are 1/2 not right enough » to bear the name 1/2 grande cuvee ». but do not be mislead, this is excellent wine far from the beaten tracks of ordinary plonk ! It is ideal with goat cheese frol the Maconnais !
|La Soufrandiere, an old estate in Vinzelles in Southern Maconnais (Southern Burgundy), was bought in 1947 by A.J. Bret, a Medical Professor. The surface under vines was only one hectare (2.47 acres) all in the 1/2 appellation d’origine controlee » Pouilly-Vinzelles Climat ”Les Quarts”. The only remaining testimony of its past viticultural life was a 1/2 tinailler » (a traditional Maconnais house used as a vat-room) complete with an old-fashioned wine-press.
A.J. BRET started to enlarge La Soufrandiere by acquiring plots of vines next to those already existing. All the vines were then worked by share-farmers (share-cropping) and the resulting crop was brought to and commercialised by the local Cooperative (Cave Cooperative de Vinzelles).
Jean-Paul BRET - A.J.’s and Louise Bret’s third son in a family of four children - became manager of La Soufrandiere in 1969. The surface under vines was to reach 4.55 ha (11.11 acres) of which 4 ha of Pouilly-Vinzelles Climat ”Les Quarts” and 0.55 ha of Pouilly-Vinzelles Climat ”Les Longeays”.
In 1998, La Soufrandiere withdrew from the Cave Cooperative de Vinzelles in anticipation of the arrival of Jean-Guillaume and Jean-Philippe, two of Jean-Paul et Marie-Rose BRET’s three sons.
A year of transition and revolution, 2000 was the first vintage vinified, aged and bottled by La Soufrandiere. From the 2001 vintage onwards, the grapes picked at la Soufrandiere have been sold to BRET BROTHERS who market the wines from the estate.