DOMAINE FRANCOISE ANDRE

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GENERAL INFORMATION
 

Producer: Françoise André

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Founded: 1983
Farming: Biodynamic, Organic (Ecocert)
Website: www.domaineterregelesses-francoiseandre.com

 

Burgundians Françoise and Michel André founded Domaine Françoise André in 1983. They refurbished the traditional family chais in the walled city of Beaune and began to acquire parcels in some of the best terroirs of the surrounding hills. When searching out their vineyards, Françoise looked for cooler sites on the upper slopes of the côtes with old vines, preferably of massale selection, and younger soils with a high proportion of limestone. She knew that it was here, in the vineyards, that she and Michel could produce the elegant, mineral-driven style of wines that have since become the trademark of the domaine. The Andrés eventually acquired a total of 8.5 hectares in Pernand, Chorey, Savigny, and Beaune, as well as some truly fabulous holdings in cooler sites on the upper slopes of Corton; west facing Corton-Charlemagne and east-facing Renardes.

 

Françoise and Michel’s passion for the land and wines of Burgundy led them to eschew the use of any additives in the vineyard and winery. By the mid-90s, they had transitioned to biodynamic farming and firmly established a reputation for producing fine wines of elegance rather than power and or weight. They were, for example, the first producer in Burgundy to bottle their Chorey-les-Beaune blanc.

 

The quality of the hand-picked fruit produced from the low-yielding vieilles vignes, or old vines, is readily apparent as it comes into the winery for sorting. Work in the cellar of Domaine Françoise Andre reflects the age-old sensibility that, “good wine is made in the vineyard.” When it comes to winemaking, Michel and Françoise work very hard to do as little as possible; after a rigorous sorting they step back and allow the wines to make themselves, believing that this is the best way to preserve the identity of each terroir.

 

Chardonnay grapes undergo a slow gentle pressing before natural fermentation. The white wines are raised on the lees in 350 liter barrels, 30% of which are new, with stirring only during fermentation. Pinot Noir grapes are crushed and partially destemmed; punch-down and a relatively short skin maceration of fifteen days are done with deliberate moderation to preserve the terroir of the appellation. Preferring to make their “corrections” in the vineyard, absolutely nothing is added during fermentation or elevage except a small addition of sulfur at bottling.

 

After twenty-five years of hard work, Françoise and Michel had realized their dream of producing wines that reflect their land, people, and place, or as Françoise would say, “we are now very happy to drink our own wines.” In 2009, their daughter-in-law Lauriane André took over the management of the estate and continues the vision of the domaine: to produce wines of finesse and elegance through hard work in the vineyard and a gentle hand in the cellar.

 

 

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TECHNICAL INFORMATION

CHOREY-LES-BEAUNE BLANC

"TUE-BEOUF"

Appellation: Chorey-les-Beaune AOC

Varietal: Chardonnay

Technical Sheet

88 pts WE - Tue Beouf Blanc 2017

PERNAND-VERGELESSES LES PINS

Appellation: Pernand-Vergelesses AOC

Varietal: Chardonnay

Technical Sheet

91 pts WE - Les Pins 2017

SAVIGNY-LES-BEAUNE BLANC

1ER CRU LES VERGELESSES

Appellation: Savigny-les-Beaune AOC

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay

Technical Sheet

PERNAND-VERGELESSES BLANC 1ER CRU SOUS FRETILLE

Appellation: Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru 

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay

Technical Sheet

92 pts WE - Sous Frétille 2017

CHOREY-LES-BEAUNE ROUGE

"TUE-BOEUF"

Appellation: Chorey-les-Beaune AOC

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir

Technical Sheet

 

SAVIGNY-LES-BEAUNE ROUGE

Appellation: Savigny-les-Beaune AOC

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir 

Technical Sheet

 

PERNAND-VERGELESSES ROUGE

1ER CRU LES CARADEUX

Appellation: Pernand-Vergelesses

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir 

Technical Sheet

 

SAVIGNY-LES-BEAUNE ROUGE

1ER CRU LES VERGELESSES

Appellation: Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir

Technical Sheet

90 pts WE - Les Vergelesses 2015

CORTON-CHARLEMAGNE GRAND CRU

Appellation: Corton-Charlemagne AOC

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay

Technical Sheet

 

Domaine Francois Andre - Degustation (French)

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