2018 Prélude Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau
Poor, calcareous soils. 15% new wood in demi-muids (500l barrels). 45 year old vines in several plots - the earliest ripening. Ripe pear nose, quite fat and gathering juicy citrus makes it dance - lots of flavour. L&S (Nov 2019)
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Exhibiting aromas of pear, blanched almonds, white flowers and peach, the 2018 Saint-Véran Prélude is medium to full-bodied, satiny and enveloping, with a pillowy core of fruit, lively acids and a saline finish. As I've written before, this cuvée is produced from vines in Prissé and Chasselas, and it's invariably a fine-boned rendition of the appellation no matter the vintage. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 90 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Jun 2020)
Lively lime fruit. Nice limpid appeal and not too rich. Chalky finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 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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