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Domaine Follin Arbelet

Domaine Follin-Arbelet is situated in the heart of the village of Aloxe-Corton in the Côte de Beaune. Franck Follin-Arbelet is descended from an old local family who owned vines in prestigious appellations. However they were all rented out to share-croppers; they did not make their own wine, and the vineyards were subsequently sold off. Franck is the only one of his family to devote himself to viticulture and winemaking. After graduating in Geology in Montpellier, he returned home to Burgundy to make viticulture his profession. Franck's wife Christine is related to the famous Latour wine family. Her father, André Masson, had his own vines so when the opportunity came along to join his business in 1990, Franck accepted. André retired in 1993 and Franck took over the domaine. He now vinifies some of the best terroirs of the Coteau de Corton, in Aloxe-Corton, Pernand-Vergelesses, Corton and Romanée Saint Vivant. Each appellation has its own identity and personality, nuanced by the vintage. From 4 hectares of vines Follin-Arbelet produces one white, and three red Grand Crus, four red Premier Crus, and a Village appellation, which is done from the family home, built in 1764. This is a typical Burgundian property, with accommodation on the first and second floors, store and winery on the ground floor, and the cellar in the basement; Follin-Arbelet's cellars are are the deepest in the village. They farm sustainably and do not use weedkillers or chemical fertilizers. All the grapes are hand-picked and each plot is vinified in its own open-top oak vat using native yeasts. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered; 15 to 75 % of new barrels are used each year depending on the appellation. These are polished wines, intense with bright fruit and beautifully balanced.