In de Mâconnais krijgt de Pouilly-Fuissé binnenkort 22 premiers crus. Het Franse Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité (INAO) zal daar mee instemmen zodra de bwzwaartermijn is verstreken. Inmiddels heeft 94 % van de Union des Producteurs zich al akkoord verklaard. Frédéric-Marc Burrier heeft dat na 16 jaar presidentschap voor zijn regio bereikt. The Wine Spectator meldt:
“Settling behind the table at Lure Fishbar in New York on a cold night in early January, fourth-term Union des Producteurs de Pouilly-Fuissé president Frédéric-Marc Burrier was jovial.
A few months earlier, his general assembly had voted an overwhelming 94 percent in favor of establishing the Pouilly-Fuissé premiers crus classification project.
France's Institut National de l'Origine et de la Qualité (INAO) would have accepted the vote on the proposal from the 20-member board of directors, but Burrier wanted the support of the majority of growers.
"It was probably my destiny because in 2003, the growers asked me to be president," says Burrier. "But I couldn't put premier cru classification on the table right away." First, a serious study of the Pouilly-Fuissé area—including geology, topography and history—had to be made, and there had to be a map of the appellation's 217 lieux-dits. Then the application was submitted to the INAO. This process has already taken 10 years, but most important, Burrier had to convince the growers, some of whom farm less than 5 acres and may be excluded from the final classification, that this was the path forward for Pouilly-Fuissé. There was no heritage of vineyard hierarchy in the Mâconnais.
"This will be my last term, but I want to see this project through," he laughs.
For the next two months, a petition process will hear any grower complaints, after which any final adjustments will be made to the 22 premiers crus boundaries before final approval from the INAO.
Burrier also owns four estates in Pouilly-Fuissé, Mâcon and Beaujolais. Château de Beauregard, founded by his great grandfather in 1854, is the main property. It now totals nearly 90 acres, including 17 acres in Beaujolais.
In 2003, he bought the 9-acre Domaine Georges Burrier from another branch of the family. In 2007, he created the Joseph Burrier estate to encompass 12.35 acres in the Beaujolais crus of Chiroubles, St.-Amour, Julienas and Morgon.
He contracted the 7.5-acre Clos du Château, a historic estate in Pouilly in 2012, and will make the wines and sell them under the Joseph Burrier label.
Two years ago, Burrier entered an agreement to manage Domaine de la Rochette, with 20 acres of Chardonnay, the oldest vines dating from the 1950s, mostly in Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine and a smaller portion in Mâcon-Bussières.