Domaine du Bouchot are a seminal producer in the history of Pouilly Fume, as the very first domaine in the region to become certified back in 2009, as well as being a key campaigner in obtaining the AOC certification of the appellation. Today, there are just two others certified organic, and Bouchot have stepped it up a further level by converting to biodynamics too, certified with both Demeter and Biodyvin.
At the helm of the estate is highly-talented and dedicated vigneron, Antoine Gouffier. He'd previously worked in South Africa, and is good friends with our very own Sauvignon superstar, Duncan Savage. A local boy from the area, 2020 was just his third vintage at Bouchot, having taken over the reins from the estate's owners who still live locally, although no longer involved, handing over the full running of the estate to Antoine. And the estate is certainly in safe hands - we were blown away by the quality of the 2020s, and even more excited for his 2021s.
With 15 sites spread across the region, Antoine likes to differentiate between the area's harder and more brittle Portlandian soils, and the fossil-rich Kimmeridgian soils, and feels that organic viticulture is essential to enable the grapes to directly express the differences between the two. Antoine’s style of winemaking pushes the boundaries of the regions, experimenting with Burgundy barrels and amphorae, and dabbling with extended skin contact too.
These wines are exceptional expressions of Pouilly Fume, with sensational energy and real identity, nailing the balance between structure, remarkable mouthfeel and precision.