Bouvier’s Bourgogne Pinot Noir, made from his vineyards in the northern Côte de Nuits near Marsannay-la-Côte, has been a longtime staple of the KLWM portfolio. He releases it to us earlier than all his other reds, as it receives a shorter élevage, emphasizing the fresh, fruit-driven, immediately enjoyable side of this enchanting grape. Bouvier aims to please, and this bottling has always provided great value as well—an old reliable that doesn’t disappoint after the fabulous 2019 growing season.
The Follin family’s 2019 reds are some of the most delicious of the vintage I have tasted, none more so than their incredibly vibrant and pure Aloxe Villages that shows ripe, focused fruit with beautiful floral overtones alongside lovely poise and a deft touch. Followers of the Follin label will not be surprised by any of these adjectives, as they have come to expect them every year from this outperforming northern Côte de Beaune standout. When it comes to Corton country, Follin is the local master and there is magic in his cellar.
Antoine realized his dream prior to the 2018 vintage when he was able to acquire farming rights to prime parcels of Côte de Beaune Pinot Noir in Volnay, Pommard, and Beaune. He pretty much started looking the day after he and his father made the difficult decision to pull out their Pinot vines in the premier cru of Blagny after the 2006 harvest, in order to focus on white wine production in a climat where they already grew Chardonnay. From the first taste in barrel, I immediately understood what Antoine wanted to accomplish stylistically, and the results were love at first taste. He set out to make reds that were silky smooth, elegant, and expressive of their terroir upon release, and he has wildly succeeded. We are very excited to have Antoine’s talent and passion concentrated on the other great grape of Burgundy, and having his vines in the great red appellations right down the road from him in Meursault makes it all the sweeter. Enjoy!
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