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Paquet, Jean-Paul

Like many of my winemakers, Jean-Paul Paquet is from a multi-generational winemaking family. His grandfather grew grapes and also made barrels. His father re-settled the domaine in the Pouilly-Fuissé region.

Jean-Paul grew up helping his father in the vines. It’s a good thing, too. His father died young and Jean-Paul took over the estate in 1978. He and his wife, Monique, have since enlarged the estate, which is centered in the town of Fuissé. Their son, Yannick, completed his studies in enology and viticulture and has joined the parents in the family business.

The Paquet winemaking style is very traditional. They only harvest by hand. They use old oak to mature their wines because they don’t want the oak flavors to mask the wonderful qualities that their hallowed vineyards impart on the Chardonnay grapes.

Jean-Paul says that passion isn’t enough for a good winemaker. He needs to use his experience every day to grow good grapes and then make good wines. Jean-Paul patiently “watches and listens to” the grapes as they are growing and then patiently “watches and listens to” the wines as they are maturing in the cellar. You’ll find that he does his work very well. The wines are authentic to the unique land in the Pouilly-Fuissé region and they exhibit remarkable finesse and elegance.

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