BURGUNDY - CÔTE DE BEAUNE & CÔTE DE NUITS
BURGUNDY - CÔTE DE BEAUNE & CÔTE DE NUITS
DOMAINE EDMOND CORNU & FILS
DOMAINE HENRI NAUDIN-FERRAND
DOMAINE BALLORIN & F
2015 AOC AOC Hautes Côtes de Beaune Blanc (Chardonnay)
2017 AOC Coteaux Bourguignons (Gamay)
2016 AOC Hautes Côtes de Beaune Rouge (Pinot Noir)
2014 AOC Pommard (Pinot Noir)
2015 AOC Volnay (Pinot Noir)
2015 AOC Beaune 1er Cru "Vignes Franches" (Pinot Noir)
2014 AOC Beaune 1er Cru "aux Coucherias" (Pinot Noir)
Didier Montchovet created his biodynamic vineyard in ’84. He leased a modest half a hectare not too far from Pommard, where he five years later added an additional two and a half more hectares that enabled him to begin making wine under his own name. In ’90 Didier sold his first bottling, today Didier works 9.2-hectares of biodynamic vines near the village of Bouze-les-Beaune, which is approximately 4-kilometers northwest of Beaune. The cellar was conceived to make maximum use of gravity, as a result, no pumps are used during the bottling process. Didier also has a system that recuperates rainwater, helping him conserve this natural resource during the spring and summer. Didier is committed to making outstanding Biodynamic wines and the results of his efforts are a vibrant testimony to the harmony that can exist between winemaker and nature.
DOMAINE EDMOND CORNU & FILS
2015 AOC Chorey-lès-Beaune Blanc (Chardonnay)
2013 AOC Ladoix Blanc (Chardonnay)
2015 AOC Ladoix Blanc (Chardonnay)
2015 AOC Meursault Blanc (Chardonnay)
2017 AOC Bourgogne Rouge (Pinot Noir)
2016 AOC Chorey-lès-Beaune "Les Bons Ores" (Pinot Noir)
2015 AOC Chorey-lès-Beaune "Les Bons Ores" (Pinot Noir)
2015 AOC Savigny-lès-Beaune (Pinot Noir)
2015 AOC Ladoix “Vieilles Vignes” (Pinot Noir)
2016 AOC Ladoix 1er Cru "Le Bois Roussot" (Pinot Noir)
2015 AOC Ladoix 1er Cru "Le Bois Roussot" (Pinot Noir)
2016 AOC Aloxe Corton 1er Cru “Vieilles Vignes” (Pinot Noir)
2016 AOC Aloxe Corton 1er Cru “Moutottes” (Pinot Noir)
2016 AOC Aloxe Corton 1er Cru “Valozieres” (Pinot Noir)
2016 AOC Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru (Pinot Noir)
2010 AOC Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru (Pinot Noir)
This domain originated in 1875 by the Cornu family, who settled in the town of Ladoix in 1870. The domaine originally sold its grapes to négociants, until Edmond Cornu took command of the estate in 1956 and began bottling his own wine in 1959.
At the age of 22, his son Pierre came onboard, and together this dynamic family expanded its vineyards. Pierre has always been interested by nature, plants, and gardening, and so carrying on the longstanding family tradition (the Cornu’s have been winegrowers since at least 1800) was a natural step. These days, Pierre is joined by his cousin, Emmanuel Boireau, who joined the family business in 2004, and the two manage the vineyard and cellar work together.
Based in the heart of the Côte d'Or in Ladoix-Serrigny, the estate now comprises 15 hectares of vineyards, which are spread throughout the villages of the northern tier of the Côte de Beaune, including Ladoix-Serrigny, Aloxe-Corton, Chorey-lès-Beaune, and Savigny-lès-Beaune, as well as a small parcel in Corgoloin in the Côte-de-Nuits.
The Cornu team are eager learners, impassioned to constantly seek new knowledge and improve the quality of their grapes and their practices. In the name of continual scrutiny and progress, Pierre takes part in blind tastings every week to refine his palate to identify different wines and vintages.
In the vineyard, all grapes are harvested by hand and de-stemmed prior to fermentation, which occurs in stainless steel tanks. Pigéage and remontage are part of the fermentation process for the red wines. These are then racked into small barrels and aged for 15–20 months, and are rarely fined and only occasionally filtered.
DOMAINE BALLORIN & F
2017 AOC Bourgogne Aligoté - Negoce (Aligoté)
2017 AOC Bourgogne Aligoté - “Le Hardi” (Aligoté)
2015 AOC Bourgogne - "Le Bon" (Pinot Noir)
2017 AOC Bourgogne - "G Soif" (Pinot Noir)
2014 AOC Côte de Nuits Village - " Le Village" (Pinot Noir)
2017 AOC Marsannay - "Les Echezots" (Pinot Noir)
2014 AOC Marsannay - "Les Echezots" (Pinot Noir)
2014 AOC Fixin - "Les Chenevières" (Pinot Noir)
2017 AOC Morey St Denis - "Tres Girard" (Pinot Noir)
2015 AOC Morey St Denis - "Tres Girard" (Pinot Noir)
Gilles and Fabienne Ballorin are the creators of this 100% biodynamically farmed domain in Morey-Saint-Denis in Burgundy.
Gilles had been working for wine companies for more than 10 years when he decided he needed a change of career that still involved his passion for wine. He left his day job in 2003 and went to learn the craft of wine production in Dijon and Beaune. Gilles had planned to initially work for someone else’s domain when he completed his studies, but while he was still at school, he was offered the chance to buy some vines.
This initial plot was a small vineyard of 0.20 hectares in Chenôve. Soon after, the neighbouring winegrower retired and Gilles was given the opportunity to rent this parcel. Vineyards in and around the village of Marsannay also became available, and so Gilles completed his first vintage in September 2005 (while still in school), with three hectares of vines.
Today the domain’s five hectares stretch along the Côte-de-Nuits, from the initial plot at Chenôve, north of Marsannay, down to Comblanchien, which is south of Nuits-Saint-Georges. The large winery is based in Morey-Saint-Denis, allowing plenty of room for this already well-respected label to grow.
More than half of the domain’s vines fall within the regional appellations of Bourgogne Rouge and Blanc, Bourgogne Passe-Tout-Grains, and Bourgogne Aligoté.
When acquired, his chardonnay vineyard had only 5,000 vines per hectare, but the law stipulates that there must be 10,000 vines planted per hectare. So the Ballorins had to add rows of vines between the existing ones, planting chardonnay muscaté (a sub-variety of chardonnay), pinot gris, and pinot beurot.
Gilles works hard every day to ensure their soil is healthy—as they believe this is the basis for growing great grapes. He farms biodynamically and took a minimal interventionist approach in the winery. Since the 2010 vintage, Ballorin doesn’t add any sulphur to his wines.
DOMAINE HENRI NAUDIN-FERRAND & CLAIRE NAUDIN
DOMAINE HENRI NAUDIN-FERRAND - ORGANIC
2017 AOC Bourgogne Aligoté Mallon (Aligoté)
2016 AOC Bourgogne Aligoté Mallon (Aligoté)
2016 AOC Hautes Côtes de Beaune Blanc (Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc)
2015 AOC Hautes Côtes de Beaune Blanc (Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc)
2013 AOC Hautes Côtes de Beaune Blanc (Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc)
2016 AOC Hautes Côtes de Nuits Blanc (Chardonnay)
CLAIRE NAUDIN - MINIMAL INTERVENTION
2016 Vin de France Blanc “Le Clou 34” (Aligoté)
2016 Vin de France Blanc “Galanthus Nivalis” (Pinot Blanc)
2016 Hautes Côtes de Nuits Blanc “Clematis” (Chardonnay)
2017 AOC Bourgogne “La Plante” (Pinot Noir)
2016 AOC Hautes Côtes Beaune Rouge “Orchis” (Pinot Noir)
2015 AOC Hautes Côtes Beaune Rouge “Orchis” (Pinot Noir
2014 AOC Hautes Côtes Beaune Rouge “Orchis” (Pinot Noir
2016 AOC Hautes Côtes de Nuits Rouge “Myosotis” (Pinot Noir)
2016 AOC Côtes de Nuits Villages Rouge “Viola” (Pinot Noir)
2016 AOC Nuits St Georges 1er Cru "Damodes" (Pinot Noir)
2015 AOC Nuits St Georges 1er Cru "Damodes" (Pinot Noir)
2014 AOC Nuits St Georges 1er Cru "Damodes" (Pinot Noir)
2012 AOC Nuits St Georges 1er Cru "Damodes" (Pinot Noir)
2016 AOC Echezeaux Grand Cru (Pinot Noir)
2015 AOC Echezeaux Grand Cru (Pinot Noir)
2014 AOC Echezeaux Grand Cru (Pinot Noir)
- AUVERGNE -
2017 Vin de France Rouge “La Plante d’a côté” (Pinot Noir)
2017 Vin de France Rouge “Le Gamay de 'l’Allie” (Gamay)
2016 L’Entremetteuse “Rouge-Gorge” (Syrah, Cab Franc)
This second-generation estate is now lead by Claire Naudin, whose father Henri Naudin-Ferrand founded the domain.
Under the tutelage of her father, Claire completed her first vintage in 1991. She then travelled to Australia for a five-month internship and studied agronomy and oenology, before returning to the domain. She began managing the estate in 1994, and became the sole owner in 1997 when her mother and father had both retired.
The domain is based in Magny-Les-Villers, and straddles the two appellations of Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune and Hautes-Côtes-de-Nuits. These days, Claire owns and manages 22 hectares of vineyard, with some prestigious parcels in Aloxe-Corton, Ladoix, Échezeaux, Nuit-Saint-Georges, and 80% in regional appellations.
She is a strong believer in sustainable winemaking, farming with respect for her surrounding landscape, and refusing standardisation. Her wines are deeply rooted in Burgundian tradition, and she believes that a great wine is being made 365 days of year—from each stage of the vines’ growth through to bottling. She is also very conscious of preserving the environment for future generations, and hence ensures her winemaking is carbon neutral.
Most Domaine Henri Naudin-Ferrand grapes are farmed using organic methods and are vinified as whole bunches. Claire does not introduce yeasts, enzymes, or tannins, and the domain’s wines have not been fined for more than 15 years. They receive a light filtration (kieselguhr) or no filtration. No sulphur is added during the winemaking process, but it is sometimes added at bottling to ensure that the wines remain stable thereafter.