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Francois de Nicolay, Ladoix Les Briquottes 2017
Pinot Noir 100%
Francois de Nicolay
The Les Briquottes site was a former quarry and the wine has a mineral, wild forest raspberry and earthy, slightly spicy note. A small element of whole cluster fermentation and the old oak ageing may contribute to this. A village wine that is underatted and well-priced and demands a lot, lot more love.
Fran�ois de Nicolay is a well-known figure in Burgundy since he manages Domaine Chandon de Briailles with his sister Claude. In 2000 he decided to start a small-scale, high quality negoce business producing 15,000 bottles in Savigny-L�s-Beaune. Having seen the benefits of biodynamic viticulture at his family Domaine, Fran�ois only sources organic or biodynamic grapes from trusted friends amongst the best growers, who are sometimes famed producers themselves. The optimal quality of the grapes means he can create several cuv�es without added sulphites or chaptalisation; other cuv�es experience an extremely low dose of sulphur as the only addition. Fran�ois lets the terroir express itself with this minimal intervention, use of natural yeasts, and neutral barrels. The wines receive the utmost care: they do not undergo either pumping or filtration and they are hand bottled with a 'Ch�vre a deux becs' directly from the barrel.