Tasted in Beaune with Lauriane André and Jerôme Despres, 10 November 2016.
Domaine Francoise André
7, Rempart Saint-Jean
21200 Beaune, France
Tel:+33 3 80 24 21 65
The domaine owns all its vines, so there’s no fermage or metayage. Between 9 and 9.5 hectares are currently owned, Lauriane saying that she though 12 hectares to be a good target. Production is about 2/3rds red.
None of these wines showed the ultimate in purity due to their position in elevage – yet most are still quite delicious – there is plenty to look forward to at this domaine.
Originally planted in pinot, it was Sylvain Pitiot who suggested to plant in chardonnay. They have 0.25 hectares of white 1.8 hectares of red.
Fresh, quite nice, some weight. Fresh, juicy, nice flavour and weight. A lovely blend of weight and nice, juicy acidity. Yum!
From Les Pins on the hillside near Sous Fretille.
A little tighter but weightier too. Fresh, more dimension and energy – lovely minerality. Super!
2015 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Verglesses
Near the vines of the Hospices de Beaune – 70 year-old vines – east-facing with very little soil, ‘a good vintage might bring 30 hl/ha, but that’s been a while.’
A pretty, sweet top note, lithe, mineral intense, complex. A slightly reductive impression without overt reduction. Lots of power. Super finishing too. Yum!
2015 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Sous Fretille
Also from old vines.
A tighter nose. Interesting that all the action is low down today but slowly, slowly this adds some floral notes. Less muscled, more complex. Layers or rather waves of flavour here.
From the Pernand side – 0.35 hectares of 25 year-old vines.
Tight but deep aromas. Again a mineral style, terroir or house? More power again, lithe muscle, no fat. Lovely burst of finishing flavour. Fine and worthy of its label.
Same parcel as white but older vines of course.
A faint reduction on the nose, but the mouth has fresh width, modest tannin. Tasty wine. Yum!
2015 Beaune les Bons Feuvres
From lower slope vines close to the border with Pommard (And Beaune Epenottes).
Lighter colour, fresher nose. Nice red fruit here. A faint tannin, nice almost floral fruit, super mid-palate flavour. Fine finishing. This is excellent.
A single vineyard of 1 hectare and 35 year-old vines.
Fresh and pretty – a little tight but this nose has nice top notes. Fresh, cool, direct but nice depth. Juicy finish with a faint spice – plenty of tannin in the finish. But good wine here.
2015 Pommard Vaumuriens
Third vinification of vines that came back to the domaine from Coche-Dury.
A pretty and precise nose – dark fruits – very lovely. Fuller in the mouth than the nose, violets with the mid-palate fruit. Chewy but oh so tasty finishing. And long too. Excellent again.
2015 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Vergelesses
Sited next to the domaine’s white Vergelesses.
A silky width of aroma, not overt. Good volume, supple, with really nice precise flavours in the mid-palate. Some spice, and just a little less grain to the tannin. Again with a nice floral addition to the finish. Tasty wine again.
First vintage was in 2014
Hmmmm – modest weight but very pretty transparency of focus – so inviting. Plenty of volume. Fresh, complex, really fine energy. Great mid-palate. A fine finish too. Not a big Corton, but really terrific stuff!