October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
Here at KLWM we’re extremely lucky to work with a group of vignerons from Burgundy that makes it virtually impossible to play favorites. Still, in my opinion (or I should say “in my taste”), the traditional, lean, elegant Burgundies chiseled by Franck Follin make it onto the podium of this long, delicious list.
This Aloxe-Corton will show you why: Violet, strawberry, rose petals, sour cherry, pine, dried herbs, hollyhock ... the wine is multilayered, complex, and profound. It has beautiful minerality and nice texture and without a doubt will continue to grow and bloom if you let it age for a few years—or a few dozen.
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.”
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
Inspiring Thirst, page 117