Chardonnay, Domaine Fichet 'Château London'
This plot of land, promoted by the Estate since 1978, is one of the most prestigious and well-known of the whole area of Mâcon. With a production of 4.75 ha (11 ac 32ft²) on a global surface of 10 ha (20 ac 31ft²), it’s the most important one in area and the heart of our range.
South-West exposed at mid-hills on a soft chalky clay-limestone soil. Maturities are often slow and rather late, which allows a good freshness and minerality, together with the fruity notes of Chardonnay. The 4.75 ha are progressively harvested, pacing the ripeness of the various lots. After a quick cold maceration of the skins within 12 to 15 hours under carbonic-gas protection, the pressure of the grapes is very easy, since we already obtain the so called “Chardonnay cream”, i.e. 80% of the drop juice. 10% of the cuvee is aged in oak barrels, corresponding to the oldest vine grapes and mostly to this very plot that has been planted back in 1929.