Domaine Gilles Noblet is a small family owned and run domaine of approximately 22 acres. Gilles, the present proprietor, is the fourth generation member of his family to make wine at this prized property. And just for the record, Gilles’ wife is the sister of Jacky Janodet, the present dean of Grand Cru Beaujolais, so wine runs deep in the heart and soul of this estate as well as in the terroir of the property’s well-tended vineyards. The name Domaine de la Collonge derives from the sector or area (known as an aire) of Fuissé that is called Collonge. Most of Gilles Noblet’s estate is spread along the hills of la Collonge, which yield on average only a little more than six thousand cases of Pouilly-Fuissé each year. In addition to his flagship Pouilly-Fuissé, Monsieur Noblet also fashions small quantities of Macon- Fuissé and Pouilly-Loché, wines similar to Pouilly-Fuissé, which originate from just outside the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. Although not certified organic, Domaine Gilles Noblet practices sustainable agriculture and uses non-interventionist methods almost exclusively. No artificial fertilizers or insecticides are employed, and only natural yeast is used in fermentation. Moreover, the average age of the vines for Domaine de la Collonge averages forty years of age, while many vines are considerably older. These old vines and reduced yields result in wines that are more generous and concentrated than the average Pouilly-Fuissé – an appellation that is notorious for more than its share of mediocre offerings due to overproduction. In an appellation that turns out large quantities of wine, Gilles Noblet decided a long time ago to dance to a different beat. His style of Pouilly-Fuissé is one of concentration, purity, and the honest expression of the appellation’s terroir. His Pouilly-Fuissé features a real balance between flesh and bone or fruit and minerality. In addition, Noblet uses traditional wooden foudres (large wooden tanks) with temperature control elements for fermentation to insure texture and a gentle roundness in his wine. He also ages his wine in a combination of foudres and small oak barriques, only 20% or less are new each year. The limited use of new oak is practiced expressly, so that the oak imparts roundness and texture to the wine without an overwhelming taste of oak that would destroy the natural delicacy of Pouilly-Fuissé. A strong, capable, and determined man, Gilles Noblet is highly regarded in Pouilly-Fuissé, but it is not only for his production of very fine Pouilly-Fuissé; it is also for his community service and civic pride. Gilles Noblet serves as the chief of the volunteer fire department in Fuissé, a position his father held before him. Santé!