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Domaine Francoise Andre

Domaine Françoise-André, Savigny-les-Beaune, Les Vergelesses 1er Cru, Bourgogne, France (2014)

Domaine Françoise-André, Savigny-les-Beaune, Les Vergelesses 1er Cru, Bourgogne, France (2014)

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Smoke and flint, buttered toast, marzipan, ripe and tart citrus with pomelo. High complexity with a long, lean finish.

REGION France> Bourgogne
GRAPE(S) Chardonnay
ABV 13%
FEATURES Low Intervention, Organic, Sustainable, Vegan-Friendly


Organic and vegan. Clay and limestone soils. The harvest is done manually with a meticulous cluster selection. Whole grapes are then pressed in a pneumatic press. The slow and steady pressure increase of the press produces fine and elegant wines. The settling process (separating the must from the solid particles) is thorough, contributing to the wine’s excellence. The must (the juice extracted from the grapes) begins its alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in 350 litre barrels. 30% of the barrel is renewed annually.

Situated at the foot of the centuries old Beaune ramparts in Burgundy, Domaine Françoise André's estate spans over 7.5 hectares in the northerly Côte de Beaune, home of the famous Corton hill. The André's, with Laurianne at the helm and Jérome Després by her side, have put their passion for the vine and their love of the grape in each glass they create.

As in so many recent years, the Burgundy 2014 vintage produced many excellent wines. Yet it was far from an easy growing season. Conditions got off to a good start: spring was warm and dry, leading to a fairly early budbreak and an uneventful flowering in early June throughout Burgundy. But later that month the problems began. On 28 June a hailstorm, as in 2012 and 2013, tore through the Côte de Beaune. The renowned vineyards of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet largely escaped, although some problems during flowering here did lower the crop. Not all vineyards within each commune were affected by hail, but nevertheless many producers reported losses that averaged about half their usual crop. The silver lining was that the reduced crop reached maturation with ease despite the difficult summer. However, feeble yields in damaged sites forced some growers to blend premier cru sites into a single blend rather than releasing them separately, since there was too little wine to justify single-vineyard bottlings.

Now steering the estate is daughter-in-law Lauriane André, with Jerome Després by her side. Together they uphold the vision: crafting wines of finesse and elegance through meticulous vineyard work and a gentle cellar touch. Committed to organic vine cultivation, the estate flourishes with practices centred on observation, prevention, and respect for natural balances. Embracing minimal intervention in the winery, Lauriane and Jerome advocate for the belief that each cuvée should allow the terroir to speak, resulting in expressive, intricate wines that authentically mirror the character of the Cote de Beaune. 

Lauriane injects passion into every Village, 1er Cru, and Grand Cru vineyard, infusing her love for the vine and the grape. The outcome is nothing short of exceptional juice—a true reflection of the distinctive personality of Beaune's terroir.

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