Fred Cossard inherited his love of wine from his grandfather who owned 0.5 hectares of vines in the Côte-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 winemakers over the years. Exhausted by the dairy trade, he purchased a few hectares of vines in Saint-Romain, some small parcels in Auxey-Duresses, and a small portion in Nuits-Saint-Georges and finally began making his own wine. In 1997, the first vintage of Domaine de Chassorney was bottled.
The estate grew as Fred planted more vines and built his winery. He created a second negociant 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 adding S02 during the winemaking. The negociant label produces Nuits-Saint-Georges, Puligny-Montrachet, Chambolle-Musigny and Vosne-Romanée.
Fred Cossard works in a way that references some ideas and techniques of biodynamics, but he prefers to call his methods "homeopathic." He excludes chemical additives and treatments. Compost produced from vine clippings, grape marc and cow manure is added to help vine and soil health. The vines are plowed using a horse.
Wine Terroirs: Fred Cossard (Burgundy)