Pouilly-Fumé “Les Calcis” Domaine Tabordet was made with as little intervention as possible, in order to express the characteristics of the grapes and the terroir. The grapes to produce Pouilly-Fumé “Les Calcis” Domaine Tabordet were carefully selected and gently pressed to avoid crushing. The must was transported by gravity into vats, where it was cooled to 10°C and clarified. Fermentation took place with wild yeasts in old, 600 litre barriques of two to five years. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was aged in the barriques for 10 to 12 months, imparting subtle oak characteristics and texture. The wine was gently filtered prior to being bottled.
The vineyard is situated in the heart of the Pouilly Fumé appellation on the right bank of the Loire River. The vines are trained according to the Guyot method. The vineyard is carefully cultivated throughout the year with debudding of the vines, tilling of the soil to reduce the need for herbicides; and certain parcels are left with grass cover to limit the vigour of the vines. Canopy management such as deleafing takes place at the end of June. The soil in the vineyard is made up of Kimmeridgian marl, which is a chalky clay; ‘Caillottes’ a local chalky limestone and ‘Silex’ a clay with flint throughout. The harvest takes place between mid-September and mid-October when the grapes have reached optimal maturity.
Domaine Tabordet is a 19 hectare estate, including five hectares in Sancerre and 14 in Pouilly-Fumé and it’s run by Pascal and Marie-Laure together with their son Marius. The domain is very much a family business, run in a traditional spirit, but using the latest winemaking technology. The Domaine Tabordet vineyards are managed with the utmost respect for sustainability and biodiversity. The resulting wines are a true reflection of the diverse terroirs which make up their estate, showing characteristic flinty flavours, with good weight and a full body.