Domaine Seguin is a 20-hectare family-run operation that champions a classic style of Pouilly-Fumé. They use the varied character of the local soils to create complexity and balance. These wines are testament to the profound influence soil type can have on the flavour of a wine.
Starting with just 1.5 hectares of vines in 1905, the Seguin family are now owners of a 20-hectare estate based in Bouchot, Pouilly-sur-Loire. Since 2000, the estate has been run by sixth generation family member Philippe Seguin, whose experience working vintages in Burgundy and New Zealand, brings a wider perspective to his craft.
The team here produce three Pouilly-Fumé cuvées; each is a blend of the three soil types of the region – limestone, marl and flint. Each reflects the best-loved characteristics of classic Pouilly-Fumé: generous citrus, white stone-fruit, smoky flint notes, a precise acidity and a cleansing finish.
The 50 hectares of vines are made up of 22 parcels and 3 soil types; with an overall balance of 60% limestone, 30% marl and 10% flint. The fruit from each parcel is harvested and vinified separately before blending.
The winery is arranged on three floors so that gravity may take the place of pumping, and oxidation can be minimised throughout the winemaking process. A long, cool fermentation takes place in stainless steel to preserve the fresh fruit character and the influence of soil type on each parcel. After this, the wine rests on the fine lees for three to six months, depending on the vintage, also in stainless steel.