Charming, long and svelte; very berryish, lithe and velvety, fragrant ripe Autumn raspberry, loganberry and strawberry fruit with a red cherry freshness, set in a gently gripping tannic structure. Frank’s Clos du Chapitre, tends to be a finer, more pliable and expressive style of Aloxe than the classic vineyards such as Fournières and Vercots, thanks in part to the large chalk and limestone content of its soils.
Since Frank Follin inherited vines originally under the control of the Louis Latour empire, he has been making sublime wines of concentration, purity and complexity. All of his vines from Aloxe-Corton, Corton, Pernand-Vergelesses and Romanée St Vivant are tended by hand and respectfully protected from any form of insecticide or pesticide, each betraying individuality, polish and great purity. The fermentations include up to 20% of whole bunches depending on the vintage, resulting in wines of suave, velvet textures. His cellars are cool and deep, so this process and the elevage are long, slow and gentle with minimal intervention, new oak percentages being kept to below 40%.
Dominated by the hill of Corton, Aloxe-Corton is a charming village at the northern end of the Côte de Beaune, the first references to which date back as far as 696. As well as some fine examples of the striking, classic Burgundian roof-tiles the village also boasts some of the oldest cellars in Burgundy, dating back to the monastic period. Aside from the plethora of Grands Crus on the hill of Corton, the Aloxe-Corton commune also boasts several Premier Crus vineyards as well as Aloxe-Corton villages. The soils tend to be heavy and clay dominated, typically producing full-dboied, muscular styles of red Burgundy, though there are smaller outcrops of chalky soils producing much finer more fragrant wines. The vast majority of the production is red