Mâconnais

A vintage of low yields, especially compared to the generosity of 2018. In some places this was down to frost damage, but as Frantz Chagnoleau put it 'that was on the parcels that always freeze', and the real problem was coulure - poor fruit set - as a result of cold weather during the flowering. The result, combined with the hot summer, is very concentrated wines.

Frantz Chagnoleau told us how he had lots of pickers in order to pick in 8-10 days. They started on the 9th September at 12.5-12.8%, and finished at 13.5% - an average across the domaine of around 13.2. Lots of small berries from millerandage added to the high skin to juice ratio and the intensity of the flavours. The balance of the 2018s both chez Chagnoleau and at the Barrauds is lovely, but the 2019s have the the in terms of flavour density.


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Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

Frantz Chagnoleau and his wife Caroline Gon, who is also the winemaker at the Comte Lafon Mâcon operation, are rising stars of the Mâconnais. Together they have a small domaine consisting of 3.5 hectares of Mâcon in a single block in Saint Albain, and several small plots in Viré Clessé, Saint Véran and Pouilly Fuissé, making up 6.8 hectares in total. All the vineyards are organically farmed (Ecocert certified).

Great care is taken at harvest to pick at the optimum moment for sugars, acidity and aromatic precursors, and they will stop the picking between parcels if they think that the ripening is not even across the whole domaine. Grapes are manually picked into 25kg cases, so as to get whole, undamaged grapes to the winery. After careful pressing, a very non-interventionist vinification takes place with natural yeasts in oak foudres.

The wines are kept on the lees to preserve freshness until the beginning of summer, when they are racked and lightly filtered, before bottling before the next harvest, except for some of the top wines which are aged for another six months in tank in order to develop fully. The wines are in a style which is bright and incisive, expressive and pure - and well worth seeking out.

Reacting to the recent earlier harvests, and like many domaines, the Chagnoleaus have doubled the size of their picking team so as to be able to get the grapes in more quickly. The earlier the harvest the warmer the weather during it, and the quicker the sugars rise - sometimes a whole degree or more in a week, so they aim to pick within eight or ten days start with potential alcohols in the most precocious terroirs at 12.5 to 12.8, in order to finish with the coolest at around 13.5. They started on the 9th September and finished with an average of 13.2 for the vintage, so that seems to work. Frantz told us that while there was some frost, this was limited to the parcels which often get frosted - but that the real problem was coulure resulting from the cold weather during the flowering which cut yields - and also resulted in lots of small berries - one reason for the obviously richer and much more powerful wines than the 2018s.

2019 MÂCON VILLAGES Clos Saint Pancras Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

2019 MÂCON VILLAGES Clos Saint Pancras Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

This was bottled on the 28th August, and is 12.8%. Aged entirely in large foudres. Bright and fresh and full of expressive juicy fruit - everything is more concentrated than the 2018 - and theThis was bottled on the 28th August, and is 12.8%. Aged entirely in large foudres. Bright and fresh and full of expressive juicy fruit - everything is more concentrated than the 2018 - and the acidity is excellent giving lots of energy. Drinking range: 2020 - 2024L&S(Oct 2020)

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2019 SAINT VÉRAN Prélude Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

2019 SAINT VÉRAN Prélude Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

Aged all in 600l demi-muids with no new wood. Frantz's most precocious terroir, and always picked first - it's very ripe, and there is fatness, sweet fruit, all with a juiciness from a chalky soilAged all in 600l demi-muids with no new wood. Frantz's most precocious terroir, and always picked first - it's very ripe, and there is fatness, sweet fruit, all with a juiciness from a chalky soil which gives a firm dry mineral streak. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026L&S(Oct 2020)

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2019 VIRÉ-CLESSÉ Les Raspillères Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

2019 VIRÉ-CLESSÉ Les Raspillères Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

Very streamlined, a beam of mineral. Fruit possibly on the back foot after bottling five days before we tasted, but the terroir here, high and very much on the limestone, does produce this intenseVery streamlined, a beam of mineral. Fruit possibly on the back foot after bottling five days before we tasted, but the terroir here, high and very much on the limestone, does produce this intense minerality. Long and very stylish. Drinking range: 2021 - 2025L&S(Oct 2020)

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2019 SAINT VÉRAN A la Côte Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

2019 SAINT VÉRAN A la Côte Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

Their highest vineyard at 400m, this is south facing on red earth - lots of iron oxide. The soil and exposition counter the altitude to make a wine which is always their most expressive and ample -Their highest vineyard at 400m, this is south facing on red earth - lots of iron oxide. The soil and exposition counter the altitude to make a wine which is always their most expressive and ample - which is exactly how this shows, aromatic with ripe fruit, fully expressive already, and quite round on the palate. Drinking range: 2021 - 2025L&S(Oct 2020)

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2019 SAINT VÉRAN La Fournaise Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

2019 SAINT VÉRAN La Fournaise Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

There's fatness but the overall impression is of a dancing lightness of touch and lean purity. A very white stone soil with lots of active limestone. It's all aged in 600l demi-muids - it's the thirdThere's fatness but the overall impression is of a dancing lightness of touch and lean purity. A very white stone soil with lots of active limestone. It's all aged in 600l demi-muids - it's the third vintage in the same barrels. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026L&S(Oct 2020)

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2019 SAINT VÉRAN La Roche Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

2019 SAINT VÉRAN La Roche Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

From the south-facing slope of the hill, on limestone scree, a position that resembles Pouilly Fuisse 'en Buland', these the oldest vines they have. It is all aged in barrel. A tasting of two halves,From the south-facing slope of the hill, on limestone scree, a position that resembles Pouilly Fuisse 'en Buland', these the oldest vines they have. It is all aged in barrel. A tasting of two halves, all open up front and then quite severe on the finish, and Frantz says it's in need of a racking and a touch of SO2, but that he is convinced it is one of the three outstanding wines of the cellar in this vintage. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026L&S(Oct 2020)

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2019 POUILLY FUISSÉ Pastoral Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

2019 POUILLY FUISSÉ Pastoral Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

Made from four little parcels of old vines in Vergisson. This year all in 225l 'fûts'. About 10% new wood. Ripe, there's a real feel of richness to the thick texture, and it's rounder than the 2018 -Made from four little parcels of old vines in Vergisson. This year all in 225l 'fûts'. About 10% new wood. Ripe, there's a real feel of richness to the thick texture, and it's rounder than the 2018 - and very attractive. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027L&S(Oct 2020)

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2019 POUILLY FUISSÉ Madrigal Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

2019 POUILLY FUISSÉ Madrigal Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

Frantz told us that the parcels that make this cuvée were so outstanding in 2019 that they had to use them all, even if it does mean not that much of the Pastoral cuvée this year. All in barrel -Frantz told us that the parcels that make this cuvée were so outstanding in 2019 that they had to use them all, even if it does mean not that much of the Pastoral cuvée this year. All in barrel - there's no new wood, but some one year old. Even so they had to press it all together as there was so little. The wine is outstanding - real density and superb balance - everything in both concentration and elegance. It will be aged a little more to draw it out more in length. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030L&S(Oct 2020)

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Domaine Daniel Barraud

Daniel and Martine Barraud, now joined by their son Julien and daughter Anaïs, have vineyards in Vergisson that are mostly high up under the famous rock (Vergisson lies between the two dramatic cliffs of the rocks of Solutré and Vergisson). The vineyards here are significantly higher than those of Fuissé, and are consequently later-ripening, and the wines often have a more solid structure - but all of Daniel's wines have their own character, from the Puligny-like directness of the La Roche to the fat richness of the 'en Buland', via the mineral force of the Crays.

All the wines are made keeping close to the tenets of bio-dynamics - not as Daniel says for the sake of it - but because over the generations experience has taught them these principles really are the best way forward - as such they only ever bottle on a waning moon, All the wines see some barrel ageing apart from the Chaintré, which is aged in foudre (2/3) and tank.

As Allen Meadows wrote in 2014 in Burghound 'I have said this before, but I will say it again: no one makes better wine in the Mâconnais than Barraud. There are a few domaines that produce wines that are sometimes just as good, ... but none of them surpasses the quality he consistently produces. If you aren’t familiar with the wines, you owe it to yourself and your pocketbook to check them out.' (www.Burghound.com).

2019 MÂCON CHAINTRÉ Pierres Polies Domaine Daniel Barraud

2019 MÂCON CHAINTRÉ Pierres Polies Domaine Daniel Barraud

Bottled in July 2020, this was already showing well when we tasted in October - obviously fully ripe, as you'd expect here - attractively fat and mouthfilling with a subtle oak influence merelyBottled in July 2020, this was already showing well when we tasted in October - obviously fully ripe, as you'd expect here - attractively fat and mouthfilling with a subtle oak influence merely adding to the impression of a thoroughly gourmand wine. Good acidity for a fresh finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2023L&S(Oct 2020)

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2019 MÂCON VERGISSON La Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud

2019 MÂCON VERGISSON La Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud

The class of this vineyard on the rock always stands out, and this has an airy lift, a mineral side, and a juicy citrus brightness, all with the concentration of the year.The class of this vineyard on the rock always stands out, and this has an airy lift, a mineral side, and a juicy citrus brightness, all with the concentration of the year. Drinking range: 2021 - 2025L&S(Oct 2020)

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2019 POUILLY FUISSÉ Alliance-Vergisson Domaine Daniel Barraud

2019 POUILLY FUISSÉ Alliance-Vergisson Domaine Daniel Barraud

Still in tank when we tasted. Excellent balance, not too concentrated, good freshness and vibrancy.Still in tank when we tasted. Excellent balance, not too concentrated, good freshness and vibrancy. Drinking range: 2021 - 2025L&S(Oct 2020)

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2019 POUILLY FUISSÉ En France Domaine Daniel Barraud

2019 POUILLY FUISSÉ En France Domaine Daniel Barraud

Very classic, with sweet-edged fruit, ample ripeness, rich and pure.Very classic, with sweet-edged fruit, ample ripeness, rich and pure. Drinking range: 2021 - 2025L&S(Oct 2020)

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2019 POUILLY FUISSÉ sur la Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud

2019 POUILLY FUISSÉ sur la Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud

Tighter yet than les Crays, and Julien says in needs a racking which would open it up a bit. Very classical lines, very mineral, but not really playing yet aromatically, even if the density ofTighter yet than les Crays, and Julien says in needs a racking which would open it up a bit. Very classical lines, very mineral, but not really playing yet aromatically, even if the density of flavour to come is evident on the long, firm finish. Drinking range: 2021 - 2028L&S(Oct 2020)

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2019 POUILLY FUISSÉ Vieilles Vignes En Buland Domaine Daniel Barraud

2019 POUILLY FUISSÉ Vieilles Vignes En Buland Domaine Daniel Barraud

As usual there is a step up to this cuvée, which has a glossy, sleek feel, not too fat, a ripeness in the sense of bottled sunlight, with mineral brightness and crystalline definition. Very classy,As usual there is a step up to this cuvée, which has a glossy, sleek feel, not too fat, a ripeness in the sense of bottled sunlight, with mineral brightness and crystalline definition. Very classy, very lovely. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030L&S(Oct 2020)

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2019 POUILLY FUISSÉ Vieilles Vignes La Verchère Domaine Daniel Barraud

2019 POUILLY FUISSÉ Vieilles Vignes La Verchère Domaine Daniel Barraud

There is lift here - that glassy purity and mineral brightness, which stops it being heavy despite the rich concentration. Super-fresh finish - just lovely.There is lift here - that glassy purity and mineral brightness, which stops it being heavy despite the rich concentration. Super-fresh finish - just lovely. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026L&S(Oct 2020)

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2019 POUILLY FUISSÉ Vieilles Vignes Les Crays Domaine Daniel Barraud

2019 POUILLY FUISSÉ Vieilles Vignes Les Crays Domaine Daniel Barraud

There's a touch of strictness - a mild severity here - a bigger wine than the Verchère, with more going on, and also a real limestone touch on the palate. Firm and dense, it's very long and staysThere's a touch of strictness - a mild severity here - a bigger wine than the Verchère, with more going on, and also a real limestone touch on the palate. Firm and dense, it's very long and stays straight and pure. Drinking range: 2021 - 2028L&S(Oct 2020)

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2019 SAINT VÉRAN En Crèches Domaine Daniel Barraud

2019 SAINT VÉRAN En Crèches Domaine Daniel Barraud

Already bottled, this has all the usual character on this excellent cuvée from Davayé, mineral, citrus, concentration and length, all in beautiful balance.Already bottled, this has all the usual character on this excellent cuvée from Davayé, mineral, citrus, concentration and length, all in beautiful balance. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025L&S(Oct 2020)

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2019 SAINT VÉRAN Les Pommards Domaine Daniel Barraud

2019 SAINT VÉRAN Les Pommards Domaine Daniel Barraud

As usual, this vineyard produces a richer, denser style of wine than the 'En Crèches', and this is clearly all here. For now a half-finished malolactic fermentation is giving a green apple edge, butAs usual, this vineyard produces a richer, denser style of wine than the 'En Crèches', and this is clearly all here. For now a half-finished malolactic fermentation is giving a green apple edge, but this will go, and it's looking very promising. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026L&S(Oct 2020)

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