François de Nicolay, a former winemaker from Paris, began his business of producing wines de negoce in 1998 by bottling a barrique of chardonnay in his name. Since then, he has expanded his business by buying organic or biodynamic grapes from winegrowing friends in Burgundy and even outside the region. He produces innovative wines, which represent the terroir of origin, using grapes mainly from Burgundy but also from outside the Cote d’Or. The François de Nicolay wines are vinified and aged in the 1300 cellar of Chandon de Briailles, trying to bring modernity to such a classic region, producing uncompromising free wines.
Chardonnay in Burgundy is produced through traditional vinification, with fermentation in oak barrels and aging on the lees for 12-18 months. The resulting wines are characterized by freshness, minerality and complexity, with the ability to age well in the bottle.
Intense straw yellow color with greenish and golden reflections. The nose reveals notes of butter, vanilla and toasted almonds. On the palate it is soft, round and complex with hints of yellow-fleshed fruit and toasted. The balanced acidity gives a sensation of freshness and long persistence.
Its ideal combination is with white meat dishes, especially poultry, but it also goes perfectly with fish and cheeses.