Guest Wine Principal – Franck Besson, Domaine Franck Besson

Meet Franck Besson, Champagne extraordinaire.

My estate is located near the town of Jullié at the foothill of the Cru Juliénas and on the terroir of Beaujolais-Villages. We pick grapes manually in small cases of 45 kgs. Since 2010, the estate is on organic conversion in order to be coherent with our work in the vines and in the cellar. Revolted by the bad image affecting the appellation Beaujolais-Villages, I decided to innovate and produce Rosé and Blanc de Noir sparkling wines in order to prove the potential of the Gamay grapes on our granitic slopes. Elaborated with the traditional method, as they do in Champagne, my sparkling wines are aged 12 months on wooden racks in the estate in order to get the fineness of a great Champagne!

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