Francois de Nicolay
The name François de Nicolay commands a great deal of respect in Burgundy.
Currently he manages the Chandon des Briailles estate with his sister Claude, and can put his name on some of the finest wines to be found in the region. Also, he has been pioneering sustainability, being the first to use alternative treatments such as milk to treat powdery mildew. Recently, Nicolas began his own négociant project, which sources organic and biodynamic fruit from trusted and reputable growers.
The quality of François’ wines can be attributed to his painstakingly selective approach when purchasing grapes. Clusters are carefully inspected during veraison and harvest to ensure they are healthy enough to produce wine without the use of additives. Vinification and élevage take place in his ancient cellar in Savigny-Lès-Beaune and is non-interventionist in every respect: no pumpovers, no filtration, and no sulfur additions. Demand for his wines grows with every passing vintage, but this seems to only strengthen François’ resolve to remain a true artisanal winemaker.