Maison Francois de Nicolay, Savigny-Lès-Beaune

“Starting from the simple and logical idea that good wines can only be made with good grapes…”

François 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-Lès-Beaune.

Having seen the benefits of biodynamic viticulture at his family Domaine, François 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 cuvées without added sulphites or chaptalisation; other cuvées experience an extremely low dose of sulphur as the only addition. François 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 "Chèvre a deux becs" directly from the barrel.

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