A six and a bit hectare domaine run by François, fifth generation vigneron. He has worked at the estate since 1984 and took over after his father’s death in 2004. It is a traditional cellar – nothing fancy, no fining or filtration of course – and rarely more than 20% new oak. The fruit and perfume always blow us away on these wines. They are the epitome of everything that is lovely about Chambolle: light and delicate structure which blossoms and explodes with fruit on the palate, and with gentle textures and great tannin balance. You might say “old-fashioned” in the best sense of the word. There are six wines: Bourgogne Rouge, Chambolle village and a steady crescendo of complexity and class through Premiers Crus to Grand Cru. The first Premier Cru is an assemblage of 4 lieu-dits: (Gruenchers, Groseilles, Noirots, Beaudes) all contiguous on the north side of the village just below Bonnes Mares. Then comes Charmes, with more delicate but explosive red fruit and then Amoureuses, composed from 3 separate parcels, and for many worth a Grand Cru, with such refinement: less primary fruit, spicy, ethereal. Bonnes Mares completes the range, from the “terres rouges” section of the Grand Cru, a few rows at the Chambolle end.
This is our tenth vintage from François. In our ten years of acquaintance the wines have grown in stature and reputation and have worldwide distribution. 90% is exported.