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Domaine Capuano-Ferreri

Domaine Capuano-Ferreri


Introduction

A relatively young domaine of only fifty years, Domaine Capuano-Ferreri is a small producer in Santenay at the southern end of the Côte de Beaune. The current owner is John Capuano, a personable and very capable winemaker who inherited the estate from his father, Gino. Situated in the middle of a panoply of appellations, the domaine manages to squeeze Santenay, Pommard, Beaune, Maranges, Mercurey and Chassagne-Montrachet into its sixteen hectares, including several premiers crus. John works his wines traditionally; manual harvests and tries in the vineyard are followed by labour-intensive winemaking with pigeage and racking. However, he combines these traditional skills with a modern and hygienic approach which is applied from the vineyard through to the winery; belts rather than pumps carry grapes to tanks for long cold soaks before fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Whole berries are fermented rather than crushing beforehand. However, it’s not all stainless steel; all of the domaine’s wines see oak after their fermentations have finished. Lots of laborious barrel work follows and oaking lasts between eight and eighteen months – the whites tend to receive more oak – all inside the domaine’s ancient (but humidity-controlled!) vaulted cellars.