Franck Besson

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Franck Besson; Zen and the Art of Bulles

Iconoclastic vigneron Franck Besson believes in creating the right atmosphere in the cellar. The first thing you notice as you walk in the door are the rows of traditional pupitre that Franck uses to hand riddle much of his sparkling wine production. But then you see the many quotes about wine and drinking written on pieces of paper hanging from every available surface. These are broken up by photos of Franck’s favorite French comedians, movie stars, and local characters. Passing into the atmospherically lit barrel room where Franck ages his reds and his sparkling wines rest sur latte, you notice a detail absent from any other cave; dozens of Japanese lanterns hanging from the ceiling. Franck says the cellar must be a calm, zen atmosphere for the health of the wine, and he practices Tai-Chi in his spare time.

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Technical Sheet

Country: Region: Appellation: Producer: Year Founded: Annual Production Total: Farming: Harvest Method: Total Estate Size: Website:
France Beaujolais Juliénas Franck Besson 2000 2,600 cases Organic (not certified) Manual 7 ha

Technical Table

Wine Name Varieties Average Vine Age Soil Vineyard Area Elevage Filteration Fining Annual Production
Rose Granit Brut Rose Sparkling 100% Gamay 40 years old Granitic sand and rocks 4 ha 8-12 months in bottle on lees Yes No 1,000 cases
Blanc de Noirs Brut Sparkling ‘Dentelle’ 100% Gamay 40 years old Granitic sand and rocks 4 ha 18 months in bottle on lees Yes No 1,000 cases
Beaujolais Blanc ‘Les Chardonnerets’ 100% Chardonnay 6 years old alluvial clay, silt, and gravel 1 ha 6 months on lees in stainless steel tanks Yes No 250 cases
Julienas ‘Clos de Fief’ 100% Gamay 100 years old schist soil with silt 1.5 ha 12 months in 3-4 year old barrels Yes No 250 cases