Their holdings also include 4 red premiers crus: from Aloxe Corton with "Clos du Chapitre" and "Les Vercots" and from Pernand Vergelesses with 1ers Crus "En Caradeux" and "Les Fichots". Finally, there is a red Aloxe Corton village, which is comprised of two parcels that border first growths. Even if he's from an old family in Aloxe-Corton, previously an owner of other prestigious appellations, Franck Follin Arbelet is the first to entirely dedicate himself to the familial Domaine, both to its viticulture and vinification. After studying geology in University at Montpellier, he chose to return to his Burgundian home to make wine. He began in 1990 with a rented plot of Aloxe Corton and followed that with the first growths in 1993 and thereafter the prestigious Grand crus. The Domaine Follin Arbelet works their vines in a manner close to organics with a classic vinification style that always respects the grape and the profile of each vintage. The wines are put in barrel (by gravity), in cellars under the vat room, using 15 to 75% new oak and are aged from 16 to 20 months, both depending on the vintage and appellation. Bottling takes place without filtering in order to preserve the complexity and ageing potential of each wine. The Aloxe Corton 1er Cru "Clos du Chapitre" is situated squarely in the centre of the village of Aloxe Corton and is often the first to attain fully maturity and the first stop for the harvest team. Often open in his youth, it is spicy in style, deep and sappy, and will please the most impatient even if it is great to wait 5 to 8 years. The Aloxe-Corton 1er cru "Les Vercots", from wich Follin Arbelet owns over a hectare, sits like an island in the middle of a part of the Aloxe-Corton village appellation. It produces a handsome wine, concentrated and long. The Grand cru Corton Bressandes yields little wine but it highly concentrated thanks to its old vines, yet, in spite of its robust nature or its sanguine notes, the tannins are supple and silky, making it an excellent gastronomic wine to drink over 10 years or more. And finally, sitting on brown limestone and clay, which are positioned upon limestone rock, is the Romanée Saint Vivant Grand Cru. Of note, the Domaine Follin Arbelet's plot borders the one of the Domaine de la Romanée Conti. The wine offers a velvety texture and superb intensity in taste. It's a delicate and deep Grand cru, with bright fruit, floral and spicy carried by sappy and velvety tannins with a dynamic finish. As it can be austere in youth it's recommended to wait at least 10 years in order to more fully benefit from what it can offer.
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