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Saint-Pourçain

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Robert Fugier - More tea, Vicar?'   

Robert Fugier
The Fugiers have been working their three hectares of vines overlooking the fortress of Montfand for the past four generations with the current imcumbant, Roger, being involved since the 1980 vintage. The vineyards here are planted on what are considered to be some of the best clay and limestone soils in the appellation. although at an average of just 20 years, the vines are not particularly old. The plantings are divided up to two-thirds red, which is split 60/40% between Gamay and Pinot, whilst the one hectare of white comes from 0.7 ares of Chardonnay and 0.3 ares of Tressallier. There is no Sauvignon planted here.

Roger likes to keep it simple, with just a single red, white and rosé being produced. Given the limited production, there isn’t much room for experimentation. His customer base is very local, with about one third of the wine sold en-vrac. The bottled wines are perfectly sound and free of faults, but they are also a little pedestrian and lack any real character. The best is probably the white which is distinctly Chablisesque in its style; bone dry, steely and mineral. The red is sadly a little monotone. 

Cave Robert Fugier
8 rue de Artouzat
Montfand
Louchy-Montfand
T : + 33 4 70 45 44 75
Fugier.joelle@orange.fr

 

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