Vosne Romanee Malconsorts is the fast rising star of the 1er crus in the appellation. The fame and fortune of this vineyard is closely related to Domaine Cathiard’s magnificent Malconsorts, and the arrival of two new top producers in 2005 – Domaine Dujac and Domaine Montille.
The largest owner of Malconsorts is however less hyped than the producers mentioned above – but is nevertheless producing a delightful Aux Malconsort s- with a long and quite exciting history.
So let’s go to the Domaine du Clos Frantin section of Malconsorts.
The Domaine du Clos Frantin plot on Malconsort
Domaine du Clos Frantin is the largest owner of Malconsorts, with a 1,7766 ha plot located in the middle of the vineyard – see map below.
- Domaine du Clos Frantin (Albert Bichot) – 1.7766 ha
- Domaine Montille – 1.3700 ha
- Domaine Dujac – 1.3313 ha
- Domaine Sylvain Cathiard – 0.7435 ha
- Domaine Lamarche – 0.4999 ha
- Domaine Hudelot Noellat – 0.1370 ha
The map shows the current ownership of Malconsorts – with the Dujac plot on Les Gaudichots indicated with a white line around the plot – it’s in direct connection with the Dujac holdings in Malconsorts.
The owner of Domaine du Clos Frantin is Maison Albert Bichot, but the top end domaine wines from Cote de Nuits are vinified and sold under the Domaine du Clos Frantin brand. The vinification is done by the talented Cyrille Jacquelin in Nuits-Saint Georges, at the Lupé Cholet facility.
Maison Albert Bichot has owned the plot of Aux Malconsorts since 1964, when they acquired the Grivelet estate including vineyards and the Clos Frantin chai and mansion in Vosne-Romanee.
Ownership history of the Frantin plot on Malconsorts
The previous owner of the Bichot holdings in Malconsorts is Grivelet a Chambolle based producer with a rather colorful reputation.
In 1920 Rodier3 mentions Grivelet-Modot as an owner of Malconsorts, and during the next decades there are further documentations of the Grivelet ownership.
The Grivelet family were originally barrel makers, and the son Fernand Alfred Grivelet (1885 – 1958) was running a domaine in Chambolle-Musigny. Grivelet was married to Marie Camille Francoise Pauline Modot, and they had a son Bernard Grivelet in 1913.
Grivelet was one of the more controversial producers in Burgundy, and the history of the estate is quite unclear. The domaine was located in Chambolle-Musigny in the building currently occupied by Hotel Ziltner.
After some turbulent years and the death of Fernand Alfred Grivelet, the domaine was sold off to Maison Albert Bichot.
The deal included the vineyards and the estate buildings at 14 Rue de la Goillotte in Vosne Romanee. Bichot has kept most of the vineyards, but the estate buildings and the vineyard next to the estate was sold to Domaine d’Eugenie in 2006.
It is a bit unclear how and when Grivelet acquired the Frantin estate … but it’s most likely that Grivelet bought the estate with vineyards from the Chanut family around 1905 – 1909. See paragraph below marked blue
The Chanut ownership of the Frantin estate
The Chanut family was one of the largest vineyard owners in Vosne-Romanee from 1860 to 1910 and they were at that time very prominent in the village owning two of the major mansions.
In 1863 Philibert Eugene Chanut bought Maison Frantin – 14 Rue de la Goillotte in Vosne Romanee – from the widow of Jean-Edme Frantin. The price of the Frantin estate was 40.000 F, and included the estate buildings, the garden and a vineyard south of the estate with an area of 47,2 ares7 – most likely the Clos Frantin vineyard – recently renamed to Clos d’Eugenie.
The Frantin estate is the neighbour of La Goillotte – the old main building of the Chanut estate and the vineyard today known as Le Clos Goillotte. The drawing below from Danguy & Aubertin show La Goilotte with a park in front of the estate.
La Goillotte is now owned by Domaine de la Romanee-Conti including the garden. The former park is now owned by Henri Roch who is making a delightful village Vosne from the land that was used as a park by the Chanut estate – see drawing above.
In 1885 Philibert Eugene Chanut passed away, and the estate was split between the two heirs over the next years. The Maison Frantin at 14 rue Goillotte was still a part of the Chanut estate when Philibert Chanut died3.