Aloxe-Corton “Clos du Chapître”
1er Cru Red barrel
Tasted: Apr 10, 2019
Producer note: Franck Follin, who has directed this 6 hectare enterprise since 1993, described the 2017 growing season as one that “made us happy on two fronts, which is to say the vintage gave us both generous yields and excellent quality. The growing season was mostly stress free despite a frost scare. We began picking on the 2nd of September and because the fruit was so clean we could harvest quickly as it required very little sorting. Maturities were good so the vinifications were straightforward to manage. As to the wines, they are relatively tender and forward and well-balanced which should allow them to be accessible early on.” I found the quality of the Follin 2017s to be in-line with what I found generally in the Côte de Beaune though I was a bit disappointed with the Romanée St. Vivant as it does not appear to be at its usual level. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, www.kermitlynch.com, Berkeley, CA, USA; Fields, Morris & Verdin, www.fmvwines.com, UK; Le Maître de Chai, www.lemaitredechai.qc.ca, Canada).
Tasting note: Like the Fichots, this too is quite ripe and acceptably fresh with notes of cherry and red currant that also display plenty of earth. There is better freshness and verve to the utterly delicious medium-bodied flavors that possess a beguiling texture, all wrapped in a mildly rustic and solidly persistent finish.