Domaine Dominique Cornin

Dominique and his son Romain have an exemplary range of single vineyard Pouilly-Fuissé. Like Nicolas Maillet they also employ extended fermentations – 3-4 months on average – there is no bâtonnage, with élevage in barrique and large 600-litre Stockinger Austrian oak barrels (which Olivier Lamy is also a fan of) for Plessy and Chevrières with an average vine age of 50 years.

Clos Reyssié comes from clay and deep limestone soils. It is rich and powerful and spends its total vinification on barrique as Romain feels that clay and oak work well together. The Plessys, from a higher spot, also comes from clay but it is residual clay with lots of limestone – there is power, lots of energy and zesty minerality. Chevrières is from very thin iron and limestone soils with lots of small stones. It has a smoky, flinty character and very linear profile. Less expressive in youth than the other cuvées but very fine. 

General information

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Chaintre, Mâconnais, Burgundy

  • Total holdings

    10ha

  • Winemakers

    Dominique & Romain Cornin

  • Established

    1993

  • Cultivation

    Organic (certified 2009) & biodynamic practices (not certified)

  • Website

    http://www.cornin.net/

Wines produced

Wine Grapetype(s) Vine age Soil type Vineyard area
Mâcon-Fuissé Les Bruyères Chardonnay - Clay & limestone -
Pouilly-Fuissé Les Clos Reyssié Chardonnay Planted in 1937 Clay & deep limestone -
Pouilly-Fuissé Les Plessys Chardonnay - Clay & limestone -
Pouilly-Fuissé Les Chevrières Chardonnay Planted in 1963 & 1982 Red clay with lots of stones & iron oxide -

Viticulture / Vinification

White wines

  • Indigenous yeasts used for fermentations
  • Long fermentations - lasting up to 3 months
  • Élevage in oak - a mixture of French barrique & 600l Austrian barrels
  • No bâtonnage