Frank Follin calls this the cuvée that behaved itself. Most wines in 2008 were slow to finish or even start their malos, and sometimes during the course of ageing they can go through closed or even “reduced” periods; however, this wine presented no problems at all during the fermentation and ageing cycle. It was certainly the most complete and open wine we discovered whilst tasting through Frank’s ’08s , bold and big but round, sweet, bright and fruity, voluptuous yet vibrant, brimming with really ripe raspberry, strawberry and damson fruit with warmer touches of fruit liqueur, very fine but binding tannins, fresh acids together with complex layers of undergrowth and herb complete what is an excellent package.
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%.
A Grand Cru vineyard on the hill of Corton producing only red wine. One of the better known and more prevalent Corton Grand Cru, Bressandes, like all Corton, produces wines that have a good deal of richness to them, however they also tend to be some of the most muscular and structured examples of Corton, usually requiring one or two years more in bottle before they are ready to drink.