2020 Saint-Romain Sous Roche
In natural wine, Fred Cossard is a very important figure.
He produces exquisite, vibrant Burgundies in both colours from his base in Saint Romain. A jovial man with a strong intellect and a super fine palate, he is a master at producing wine with very minimal intervention. Fred handles his grapes and makes his wines utilising some of the hygienic practices he learned working with raw milk. He adds no chemicals whatsoever including no sulphur. His macerations and fermentations are long. He routinely does five to six weeks weeks of fermentation in wooden vats and his wines go through malolactic fermentation while resting on their lees. He generally ages his wines in seasoned barrels, nearly always Toutant for the reds and Gillet for the whites. He sterilises his barrels using ionised negative oxygen molecules, which eliminates the need for any chemical cleansers. During élevage, he neither stirs nor racks. When both the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations finish, he assembles his wines without fining and filtration, or additions of SO2 when possible.