Martin Fontaine is a steep parcel of Chardonnay planted at the top of the hill with a south/southwestern exposure. The name appears to refer to an old water source at the bottom of the hill that no longer exists. The alternate name “Mort Fontaine” (the dead fountain) has been changed here to the more agreeable Martin Fontaine. In addition to their vineyards, Ruppert-Leroy operates a biodynamically-certified farm where they grow their own vegetables, raise animals, produce their own composts / biodynamic preparations, and host conferences on biodynamics.
Martin-Fontaine, located in the town of Noé-les-Mallets
Clay-Limestone with a majority of white limestone
Vines planted inEarly 1980s
Vineyard size0.55 hectare
PruningCordon de Royat
ExpositionSouth / Southwest
All cuvées are made using the same process: vinification with natural yeasts without any fining or filtering. Cold settling occurs naturally with the winter frosts. Alcoholic fermentation, natural malolactic fermentation, and 9 months of élevage on fine lees take place in 225L barrels and 500L demi-muids.
Elevage18-20 months sur-lie in bottle, disgorged à la volée, and bottled without any liqueur de tirage (Brut Nature) or added SO2
Harvest typeHand Harvested
Fining/FilteringUnfined / Unfiltered
Total production average3,500 bottles