Domaine Tollot-Beaut Et Fils

Very competently run by Nathalie Tollot, the 24 hectare Domaine Tollot-Beaut sits in the middle of Chorey-Lès-Beaune on the Rue Alexandre Tollot, named in honour of Nathalie’s great grandfather who was for many years the Mayor of Chorey. The Beaut part of the domain’s name comes from Alexandre’s wife - Aurélie Beaut. Nathalie Tollot may well be the face of the domaine, but many other members of the Tollot family assist her, both in the winery and in the vineyards.

Founded in the 1880s, Nathalie Tollot is the fifth generation of her family to run the domaine. Tollot-Beaut originally only owned vineyards in Chorey, although successive generations made small acquisitions in Savigny, Aloxe and Beaune e.g. Corton Bressandes in the 1930s, Savigny Champs-Chevrey in the 1950s and, most recently, their new monopole Chorey-Lès-Beaune Pièce du Chapitre.

Each of their vineyards is treated individually. Domaine Tollot-Beaut chooses to plow between the rows of vines to aerate the soil and to push a layer of soil over the feet of the vines to protect them from the winter cold. No fertilisers are used and a green harvest is usually performed in the summer to limit yields. The grapes are harvested manually, parcel by parcel as dictated by their ripeness. Tollot-Beaut concentrates its work in the vineyard to get the best grapes, thereafter handling them as little as possible.

Much of the depth and appeal of the wines at Tollot-Beaut can be attributed to the high proportions of old vine Pinot Fin, a very old and delicate strain of Pinot Noir widely considered to be one of the most desirable for the stunning purity of its fruit. More recently, the domaine has employed a nursery to develop clones of this highly sought after Pinot Noir vine.

Domaine Tollot-Beaut’s use of oak was historically known as being rather on the generous side, but nowadays it is far more moderate. Gone are the overt spicy, toasty flavours, instead the oak is used as judicious seasoning to boost the palate and to make the fruit characters shine. Tollot-Beaut’s wines spend approximately 16-18 months in oak, about 20% of which is new for villages wines increasing to around 60% for the grands crus.

The wines of Tollot-Beaut are some of the best we taste every vintage. Approachable, pure and fresh yet opulent and very ageworthy, they epitomize everything that we love about Pinot Noir and about great red Burgundy.

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