Young Gun Florence Cholet Steps Up To The Plate
At risk of overstating things, we predict true greatness to come from the address of Domaine Christian Cholet-Pelletier. Undergoing generational hand-over to Florence Cholet who will assume full control of the domaine from vintage 2019, this is a producer who we have no doubt will make significant waves in Burgundy and internationally in years to come. This is your opportunity to discover this winemaker and her wines before word undoubtedly spreads.
The family vineyards can be traced to up to four generations prior, with Florence’s father establishing the domaine officially in 1976, later joined by her mother. Florence herself is eminently qualified with a licence of viticulture and a Masters degree in oenology, seeing her undertake significant experience at an independent laboratory responsible for analysis of virtually all the wines of Burgundy (legally vignerons must conduct external analysis), giving an unparalleled exposure to the wines of the region.
She has undertaken winemaking stints with Chapoutier (Rhône Valley) and Pibarnon (Bandol) and Walla Walla (Washington state USA), and maintains a strong Australian connection with vintages at Eldridge Estate, Paradigm Hill, and two vintages at Curly Flat alongside Joel Watson (now of our Luna Estate). Technically proficient, she also works the vines, raising first rate fruit which of course requires less work in the winery.
It is perhaps speculative to suggest that this new world experience has driven her house style to wines more fruit forward than some of the sterner examples of the appellations she works with. Though unmistakably Burgundy, the coating of fruit, and sheer balance and femininity of these wines rendered them so good we have taken a little of everything, despite Felix’s initial plans to order moderately.
The hospitable Florence possesses a quiet intensity and determination, and a clear vision for her own plans with the family domaine. We’re excited to be working with her, and presenting this first shipment of her wines to Australia.
Note: Labelling is being updated and as such, our first shipment mixes the old style and new labelling. The quality of the wines over-rode our strategic urge to present homogenised packaging!