We first met Lauriane André at what is called an ‘off’ tasting in Beaujolais in 2017. Her Burgundian reds and whites wines, quite simply, stood out as they are of quite exceptional definition and reflection of their terroir.
Michel and Francoise André who own the 7,5 ha domaine have three sons who were already working in the vineyards when, in 2009 they realised they needed help and tried to recruit a new winemaker. With no success, they turned to their daughter-in-law, Lauriane, who at 29, left her job with DRH transport and completed courses in agriculture at Beaune while working in the winery and applying for a total organic certification for their domaine. She also recruited a cellarmaster in the form of Jerome Desprès who is her right arm.
Lauriane is particularly gifted and is one of many young talented winemakers in Beaune. If her wines are anything to go by, she is one to watch as a rising star.
Voted in the top 12 new talent La Revue du Vin de France.
Here is a short video, well-produced video by France 2 on Lauriane and the domaine:
We currently stock the following of Lauriane’s wines:
Corton Charlemagne 2015 : – A timeless classic of buttery golden aromas and toasted hazlenuts on the palate.
Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru ‘Fretille’ 2016 : From vineyards next to Corton this is a soft, rich and elegant Vergelesses with a streak of mineral acidity through the middle. Individual to a ‘T’ and a total representation of glorious ‘terroir’.
Chorey les Beaune ‘Tue-Boeuf’ 2015 – Decanter Magazine, November 2018 Issue Best Buy Red Burgundy
Showing more grip and firmness than many Chorey wines, even in their youth, this is a comparatively dense Pinot Noir that will reward cellaring. A little firm right now, but this has impressive structure, layers of plum and black cherry fruit and a note of subtle reduction. Drink 2018-2023
Savigny les Beaune 2016 : Ruby colours with aromas of green pepper and blood oranges. This is an earthy pinot noir with sensuous fruit on the palate and the characteristic burst of acidity at the end which is long and elegant.