Graham Gardner is one of the most reputable Burgundy traders in the United Kingdom and he represents many of the very top estates (listed at www.follywines.co.uk ) in the region.
On most vintages, the estates he works with often sell part of their production to big name Negociants who then blend these wines with many others to make their own (and that’s fine). The idea behind Maison Folly is a bit different: We buy the unblended finished wines from these top estates (sometime in bottles or in barrels) and sell them directly in New York via Verity Wine Partners under the Folly label, hence offering unmatched everyday value for Burgundy consumers.
Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2012
As Bourgogne Pinot Noir AOC (and not Bourgogne Rouge AOC), Maison Folly is 100% Pinot coming exclusively from Cotes de Nuits.
It is sourced from three sustainably farmed, hand-picked South East facing vineyards in the Cotes de Nuits.
The grapes are 100% de-stemmed and the wine is aged 12 months in neutral oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Maison Folly Bourgogne Rouge 2012 is floral with notes of cherries, violets and roses. It also displays ripe and earthy red berries flavors which gives way to a naturally sweet, detailed and delicious middle palate.
Gevrey Chambertin “Vieilles Vignes” 2011
From selected vineyards on either side of the village and mid-slope, the vines are over sixty years old, allowing for a low yield of concentrated juice.
The vineyards and lime-stone and clay with marl, giving the mineral quality that helps the wine gather complexity with maturity.
Agriculture Raisonée (sustainable farming) is practiced in the vineyards - so left alone as far as possible to grow naturally.
Hand harvested and fermented in steel, with a small amount of whole bunches. The wine rested on its “fine lees” for 14 months in oak barrels, of which 20% were new.
Maison Folly Nuit St Georges Vieilles Vignes 2012
From a small vineyard plot of under one hectare, and on lime-stone and clay with alluvial deposits facing east.
The vines are high up on the sides of the hill behind Nuits and are over eighty years old, helping to produce a naturally low yield of quality fruit.
The use of chemicals is only ever done out of necessity, the harvest is by hand and there are some whole bunches used in the fermentation with natural yeast.
The wine is aged 100% in barrel although under 20% are new.