Fred inherited his love of wine from his grandfather who owned 0.5ha of vines in the Cote-d’or. While Fred wanted to work in the vines, his father sent him to work in the milk business, where he continued to work for 10 years. His work sent him traveling up and down the length of Burgundy, and left him some free time to taste with and befriend many wine makers over the years. Exhausted by the dairy trade, he purchased a few hectares of vines in St Romain, some small parcels in Auxey Duresses, and a small portion in Nuits St Georges and finally began making his own wine. In 1997, the first vintage of Domaine Chassorney was bottled.
The estate grew as Fred planted more vines, built his winery and created a second négociant label called “Frederic Cossard”. The wines under the négociant label are made the same way as the Domaine wines – fermented with wild yeast and foot-stomped without S02 added during the winemaking.
Today, Domaine Chassorney is a 10 ha estate with holdings in Volnay, Pommard, St. Romain, Savigny les Beaune and Auxey Duress. And his négoce business produces Nuits St. George, Puligny Montrachet, Chambolle Musigny and Vosne Romanée.
Fred works in a way that references some ideas and techniques of biodyamics, but he prefers to call his methods “homeopathic” .
Puits de Chaux
Grape: Pinot Noir
Vineyard Size: 0.5 Hectares
Soil: limestone, clay
Average Age of Vines: 50 years.
Winemaking: Destemmed, whole grape fermentation, ambient temperature.
Aging: 12 months in Burgundian barrels.