The Charlet wines are made by the Barbet family whose Beaujolais Cru’s we import. The Charlet’s and Barbet’s are related through marriage and the Charlet’s were the original owners of Domaine des Billards in Saint Amour. The Barbet’s purchase fruit from families they have known for generations. The land is farmed sustainably and the wines are made at the winery in Beaujolais. The grapes for the Pouilly-Fuisse “Les Vieux Murs” come from two sites that cover 9ha total. The vines are on average 50 years-old for the Pouilly-Fuisse. The Macon Villages “La Crochette” comes from vines in Vire-Clesse and west of the village of Macon.
The grapes for the Pouilly-Fuissé “Les Vieux Murs” come from two sites that cover 9ha total. The grapes from the village of Fuissé give the wine elegance and roundness and from Solutré give the wine minerality and acidity. No pesticides or herbicides are used in the vineyards and the grapes are harvested by hand. The vines are on average 50 years-old.
The wine is fermented and aged 1/3 in new barrels, 1/3 in used barrels and 1/3 in stainless steel tanks. Starting the fermentation in barrel makes the flavors from the wood more delicate and discreet and adds roundness on the palette. Malolactic fermentation finishes naturally at the end of winter and the wines are aged for 9 months before the final blend is made.