The vines are run almost organically – no herbicides since 1991, no pesticides since 1997 and now only two treatments a year (against mildew) which are not organic. Frédéric is not an enthusiast for biodynamics however. A hint as to his philosophy appears on his website where he draws a parallel between the mature Glenn Gould finding ‘too much piano playing’ in his early work and the overworked winemaking evident in some Burgundy today.
Variety : Chardonnay.
Vine Age : Originally planted in 1964 but over-grafted to Chardonnay in 2004.
Viticulture : Lutte très raisonnée: no herbicides or chemical fertilizers.
Vinification : Grapes pressed directly, slow indigenous yeast alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. 1 year aging on fine lees in barrel up to 15% new oak.