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François Millet et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Champs Pimont 2018



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  • The inaugural Beaune release from François Millet
  • François is also of legendary Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé
  • The ‘crunchiness about the fruit in this wine’ is part of its personality.

‘Alongside the Volnay 1er Cru this is a new wine from François following the inaugural 2017 vintage. François is passionate as many Burgundian producers are about the quality of the Beaune appellation, particularly some of the more regarded sites such as Clos de Mouches, Les Montrevenots and this 1er Cru, Champs Pimont. With a wry smile  over the zoom call he remarked that ”the Cote de Nuit is not a Monopole on Pinot Noir in Burgundy”. The exposition of François’s grower is East but the 1er Cru does rotate round to the South in parts. As this was the first vintage François was cautious and didn’t punch down at all but highlighted he did use this technique in 2019 and 2020 as he feels it cans sustain/benefit from more extraction than Chambolle, Volnay and the Bourgogne. Mix of Clay and Limestone in the soil, 50 year old vines. He commented on the ‘crunchiness about the fruit in this wine’ as part of its personality.’ – Importer’s note