2018 Madrigal Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau
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From Vergisson, (mostly 'en Carmentrant') and all aged in barrel, but no new wood even if some are recent. The idea, says Frantz, is to choose reductive wood and keep it straight and mineral. Big and initially quite a relaxed and generous style, lovely purity and freshness. At once mouthfilling and thrillingly linear - a burst of flavour on the finish. L&S (Nov 2019)
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Quite rich, like a fruit salad with lime or passionfruit juice all over it. If I were in charge of this domaine, I would want to make a wine like this, but I’m not sure it’s what consumers need. We can get mass and drama elsewhere. I am more in search of value, but this is probably a mean-spirited comment. Dramatic. Good piercing acidity. Drinking range: 2024 - 2032 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2020)
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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