October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
Franck is soon to expand his production of Pernand blanc, including a premier cru site, which I am awaiting with great impatience. He has worked this Pinot Noir vineyard since I have known him, and it always produces his most seductive, forward, and immediately pleasurable cuvée. It is a gratifying foil to his very serious Aloxe Cortons.
|Vineyard:||Planted in 1976, 1985, 0.5 ha|
|Aging:||Wines enjoy a long, slow élévage before being bottled unfined and unfiltered|
Having grown up in Burgundy’s famous Côte d’Or, Frank Follin-Arbelet was always attracted to viticulture, but his family’s vines were all rented out to métayeurs (share croppers), and they did not make their own wine. In 1990, when the opportunity came to join his father-in-law’s domaine in Aloxe-Corton, Franck jumped at the chance and in 1993, after André retired, and Franck took over the direction of the domaine. Franck and his wife Christine are fortunate to produce one village wine, four premier crus, and four grand crus in Aloxe-Corton (their hometown), Pernand-Vergelesses, and Vosne-Romanée. When asked what inspires him the most, Franck responded, “wine that represents its terroir and a job well done.”
If you're looking for value, look where no one else is looking.
Inspiring Thirst, page 211