Located on a hillside overlooking the village of Pouilly, Domaine du Chalet Pouilly has been family owned and operated since 1850, passing down expertise and passion from one generation to another. The 8.5 hectares are shared between Pouilly Fuissé (5 hectares), Saint-Véran (3 hectares) and Mâcon-Solutré planted in 2009 (0.5 hectares). The estate practices sustainable wine-growing methods and some plots are grown according to the organic standards.
Today, Chalet Pouilly is run by Marie-Eve Léger, who joined the domain in 2009 after completing her degree, and her parents Agnès and Bernard. They practice traditional wine-growing methods, respecting the terroir, and their philosophy is to allow nature to express itself through the vinification process in order to create rich-flavored wines with a rustic touch. Their vines are old, and their soil rich and calcareous.
“Domaine du Chalet Pouilly is a small grower, but small can be beautiful. Father and daughter team of Bernard and Marie-Eve Leger are in charge here, the winery itself founded way back in 1850 on top of the hill overlooking the village of Solutre-Pouilly. In case you were wondering, it is named after the slatted facade of the winery that lends it the appearance of a chalet. Theirs is a small portfolio of wines, though Marie-Eve told me that it will be joined by a 0.4-hectare plot of Macon-Solutre from 2012. The wines are generally aged in used demi-muids except the St. Veran that sees no oak contact. I must confess, being unfamiliar with this name I had no expectations, but I adored these succinctly crafted, mineral-driven wines that you just want to elope with.”
– Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate #208, August 2013