I first heard about Florence Cholet from an American acquaintance who was raving about meeting a future star. As luck would have it, Robert was in Burgundy tasting and he made an appointment to visit the next day. He knew immediately we had an exciting prospect on our hands! Florence has two parcels of Bourgogne Blanc, Les Parties and Les Equinzes, both lying just outside the Puligny boundaries. Her skilful light touch has given a wine which punches well above its weight which will drink beautifully over the next two to three years. No battonage after the Malolactic fermentation to retain freshness. Instead Florence leaves more lees in the wine – a better way of gaining richness and complexity without oxidation. Lovely bright citrus and hazelnut nose. While this is quite intense and certainly has richness, the acidity is there to back things up and provide some structure. Super concentration and a long, lemon and peach finish.
About the Domaine
Well-travelled, ambitious and utterly committed to getting the best from her vineyards, Florence Cholet epitomises the younger generation in Burgundy. We are very proud to be working with her.
Florence Cholet has recently returned to take over the domaine that has been her families for four generations. Widely travelled, she has worked across France, the US and Australia, Florence is an ambitious and intelligent wine maker. The domaine no longer uses pesticides or herbicides, the vineyards are ploughed and since 2017 fermentations have used wild yeasts and the wines have been bottled with only a light filtration. New oak is used sparingly at a maximum of 25%. The wines show good texture and tension, balancing Puligny’s drive with succulent fruit. Her Enseignères bottling, from 80-year-old vines below Bâtard-Montrachet combines zippy acidity and peachy fruit with a deep saline structure; we don’t have much so make sure to get some while you can.