‘Les Folatières’ is the largest Premier Cru vineyard in Puligny-Montrachet. This plot is the south-eastern neighbour of Le Montrachet and Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru vineyards and its higher eastern end reaches further up the slopes of Meursault and Saint Aubin. The vineyard, which is east facing, benefits from gentle morning sun, giving the grapes time to develop complexity, while cooler overnight influences bring balancing acidity. ‘Les Folatières’ originates from a medieval term for the weather phenomenon "St Elmo fire", it refers to the lights seen in the vineyard from a distance and to this day it is said this light can still be seen occasionally in the vineyard. The vines are grown on a gentle but much eroded slope of chalk and limestone, that absorbs the warmth and reflects it onto the vines encouraging ripening. The lack of water forces the vine to use more mineral-laden hydration deeper in the soil. The domain practices ‘la lutte raisonnée’; sustainable agriculture with a reduced use of chemicals.
The grapes were meticulously sorted and were gently pressed as whole bunches, followed by static settling of the must before fermentation. Traditional vinification methods were used, the must was barrel- fermented with natural yeasts, before being matured in oak barrels, of which 25% were new oak, for 14 months. Delicate bâtonnage took place, which imparted texture and complexity. The wine went though malolactic fermentation, before being lightly fined and estate bottled by gravity.