Domaine Saint Pierre

Fabrice Dodane – Domaine de Saint Pierre, Arbois

Fabrice started out with making white wines from 5 hectares in Mathenay, just 8 kilometers west of Arbois in 1989, but was then working for another landlord. Before he moved here he did some years as a winemaker at the co-op in Pupillin. In 2002 he gave up chemicals and has been certified organic since 2008.

In 2011 he took over the Domaine and since 2012 he’s been working with very small doses of sulphur or no sulphur at all and works in general with a very natural approach in the winery. Today he has 6,5 hectares, growing mostly Chardonnay and Savagnin but also has a small proportion of Ploussard and Pinot Noir. All vineyards are located around a little hill just behind the village.

For the white wines he makes both ‘ouillé’ (topped-up). They are ”Burgundian style” with fresh, balanced acidity and a racy salty minerality . The non-topped up ones ‘sous voile’ are intense with ripe yellow fruit along with typical nutty notes together with that fresh acidity and racy, salty mineral finish. His reds are light, red-fruity, aromatic and flirty.

2015 Chardonnay ’Chapon’

Soil: Blue marl, south to south-west exposition.
Grape: Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: 45-50 years
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation and ageing for 12 months in 500 liter old oak barrels, before bottling.


2015 Chardonnay ’Chateau Renard’

Soil: Limestone and marl, west exposition.
Grape: Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: 30 years
Yields: 25-30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermantation and ageing for 15 months in 500 and 600 liter old oak barrels, before bottling.

 


2015 Chardonnay ‘Les Brulées’

Soil: White marl and chalk, south to south-east exposition.
Grape: Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: 30 years
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation and then ageing for 12 months in 500 liter old oak barrels, before bottling.


2015 Savagnin ’Autrement’

Soil: White marl and chalk, south to south-east exposition.
Grape: Savagnin
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: 30 years
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation and then ageing for 12 months in 500 liter old oak barrels, before bottling.


2016 Les Corvées

Soil: White marl and chalk, south to south-east exposition.
Grape: 50% Ploussard 50% Pinot Noir
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: 30 years
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification: 14 days maceration with the skins in open vats, partly whole clusters, before gentle pressing and continuously fermentation and ageing for 8 months in old oak barrels and stainless steel tanks before bottling.


2016 Ploussard

Soil: White marl, chalk and clay.
Grape: Ploussard
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: 30 years
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification: 14 days maceration with the skins in open vats, partly whole clusters, before gentle pressing and continuously fermentation and ageing for 8 months in old oak barrels and stainless steel tanks before bottling.


2015 La Gaudrette

Soil: White marl, chalk and clay.
Grape: Pinot Noir
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: 30 years
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification: 20 days maceration carbonique before gentle pressing and continuously fermentation then ageing for 8 months in 500 liter old oak barrels and stainless steel tanks before bottling.


2015 Saint Pierre

Soil: White marl, chalk and clay.
Grape: Pinot Noir
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: 30 years
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification: 14 days maceration with the skins in open vats, partly whole clusters, before gentle pressing and continuously fermentation and ageing for 8 months in 1200 liter old oak barrels before bottling.