Domaine Tollot-Beaut

Burgundy, burgundy France

Domaine Tollot-Beaut, located in Chorey-lès-Beaune, was started in 1880 by François Tollot. The fifth generation of the family, Nathalie Tollot and her two cousins, Olivier and Jean-Paul, now oversee the domaine. Tollot-Beaut was among the first producers in the Côte d’Or to start bottling its wines at the domaine, in 1921.

They own a total of 24 hectares across four communes: Chorey-lès-Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune, Beaune and Aloxe-Corton. Their wines range from Bourgogne through to Grand Cru. They own eight hectares in Chorey-Lès-Beaune, which is by far their largest holding, and are the proud owners of two monopoles, Savigny-lès-Beaune ‘Champs Chevrey’ and Chorey-lès-Beaune ‘Pièce du Chapitre’. They also have almost a hectare of Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru. The vineyards are ploughed and they practise ‘la lutte raisonnée‘. With some of their older vines dating back as far as 1928, the grapes are hand-picked.

All their Pinot Noir is destemmed and fermented in stainless-steel tanks. Fermentation typically lasts for 10 to 12 days and pigéage takes place twice a day. Over the years, the use of oak has become much subtler, intended to season the wines and amplify their delicate fruit character. The wines typically stay in barrel for 16 to 18 months with up to 20% new oak used for the village and regional wines and 50% new oak for the Grand Crus. Their cellars are cooler than most in Burgundy after they installed an air-conditioning system 20 years ago; they keep the temperature at 14°C, whereas it used to be 18°C. This lower temperature helps preserve the fresh fruit that characterises these wines.

The Chorey-lès-Beaune has concentrated, bright cherry fruit balanced with racy acidity and fine, velvety tannins. The Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru ‘Les Fournières’, from 10-year-old vines, is lithe and poised, with an alluring nose of red cherries, finely structured tannins and a long finish. The Grand Crus truly live up to their status with power and concentration. The Corton has a lovely perfumed nose with power and depth of flavour on the palate. The Corton-Bressandes is meaty with red berries and spice on the nose followed by an intense lingering finish. The Corton-Charlemagne walks the line perfectly between elegance and power, with racy acidity and exceptional fruit concentration on the palate. It demonstrates Tollot-Beaut’s skill at making outstanding white as well as red Burgundy.


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