"Before 1988, Winemaker André Esmonin sold all his grapes to negociants such as Leroy and Louis Jadot. It was his son, Frédéric who pushed the family to domaine bottle their wines. The farming at this address is lutte raisonée, meaning use of chemical treatments is done only if the vineyards are threatened, and not as a matter of course. They regularly plow their soils, and herbicides have not been used for almost 15 years. When choosing to pick, they tend to error on the early side to avoid over-ripeness. The grapes are de-stemmed, and given a short, cold-maceration to get good color set, before letting the must rise to fermentation temperature. The use of oak is well-judged, and if anything, on the light side, rarely showing its presence in the finished wine. They bottle early, delivering a dark, fresh fruit character, instead of relying on weight or concentration for palate impression. The end result are wines that gain an excellent, savory, meaty, Gevrey-character as they gain time in a bottle. Esmonin wines are routinely noted for their admirably long life-span."

2018 Frederic Esmonin "La Belle Vue", Cotes de Nuits Village