2017 Clos Saint Pancras Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau
|Other||Organic, Vegetarian, Vegan|
|Vineyard||Clos Saint Pancras|
Fresh, with nice tension. The flavours are ripe, verging on exotic but with a natural restraint. Almost passion fruit, then pears and peaches - all held together in a juicy expressive brightness by the fresh acidity. L&S (Oct 2018)
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Sweet and appley. Easy to like and very transparent though very unlike Côte d'Or! Drinking range: 2020 - 2024 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2019)
The 2017 Mâcon Clos Saint Pancras has quite a complex bouquet of quince and orange blossom backed by a subtle petrolly note. The well-balanced palate is fresh on the entry and displays a fine bead of acidity. It tapers in a little toward the finish, which reveals a touch of dried honey. Enjoy this Mâcon over the next five years. Drinking range: 2019 - 2024 Rating: 88 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Jan 2019)
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 vinifcation 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 expressive and pure and well worth seeking out.
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