2018 Les Raspillières Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau
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These vines were planted in 2000. The 2018 was harvested on the 2nd September. Frantz uses a little bit of new wood - 10%. Élevage in Demi-muids. This is the most northerly plot he works and it is high (350m) - facing east and made up of mineral, stony soil. Just the way Franz likes it! Even in 2018 this wine is delightfully fresh and clean - some citrus spritz - but a good saline backdrop rules. Bright and fresh and yet nicely weighted too. Quite a serious feel. Sophisticated L&S (Nov 2019)
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The 2018 Viré-Clessé Les Raspillères offers up a lovely nose of orange oil, citrus blossom, freshly baked bread and beeswax. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and enveloping, it's one of the fleshier, more textural wines in Chagnoleau's cellar, while remaining bright and precise for the appellation. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 91 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Jun 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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