Alain Cailbourdin is one of the newer breed of winemakers in Pouilly-Fumé in the Loire dedicated to producing low quantities of high quality wines. Originally from Paris, Cailbourdin was a teenager when he first picked grapes in Loire vineyards. After studying in Burgundy and returning to work for several large producers in Pouilly, he bravely started his own domaine from scratch in 1980. From just a couple of plots of vines, the estate has now grown to a respectable 16 hectares planted on some of the best slopes in the area. This is very much a family business with Alain’s wife and now their son also involved. About half of the vines are vieilles vignes or old vines.
Methods here are traditional with short pruning and low yields in the vineyard, gentle pressing of the grapes and controlled fermentations which result in wines of concentration and purity. Thanks to such attention to detail, Alain Cailbourdin is now viewed as one of the finest producers in the area. Several different cuvées of his Pouilly-Fumé are made each year, all of which are characterised by purity of fruit and elegance. The Society follows the more forward Boisfleury cuvée regularly and occasionally Les Cris which requires a little more time in bottle before release.