2019 Clos Saint Pancras Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
Other Vegetarian, Certified Organic, Vegan
District Mâconnais
Village Mâcon Villages
ABV 13%
Vineyard Clos Saint Pancras

While this wine has a fair whack of acidity, like the other whites, it is also the proud possessor of unusually delicate Chardonnay fruit. My favourite restaurant wines use acidity to anchor the wine to the palate and cut through any fat or juiciness and then calmness and magical nuances to charm the senses while allowing the food to shine through. This delightful Mâcon dances across the palate and caresses your senses. Matthew Jukes, Moneyweek (May 2021)

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Tasted from a screwcap bottle, though a cork option is also available. Vinified and matured in foudre, and bottled on 22nd August. Long slow fermentation this year. I have some experience of this cuvée from Frantz Chagnoleau and this is the finest example to date. It is not one of those Mâcons of which one might say ‘it tastes like a mini-Meursault' but it is impeccably balanced and indeed a perfect expression of Mâcon-Villages. Pale lemon and lime in colour with a classy, precise bouquet. Very balanced, pure with some lively stone fruit. Fresh apples and a little citrus-lime note at the back, but the flesh stops this coming across as austere. Fine long finish. Bravo. Rating: ***** Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy  (Jan 2020)

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 the acidity is excellent giving lots of energy. Drinking range: 2020 - 2024L&S (Oct 2020)

The 2019 Mâcon-Village Clos Saint Pancras, aged on the lees for 10 months, has a light lemon and orange pith bouquet. The palate is well defined with good weight, energetic with orange rind and a touch of apricot towards the tensile finish. Drinking range: 2021 - 2025 Rating: 88 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Nov 2021)

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.

Macon Villages Le Clos Saint Pancras : 3.55 ha
These vines were planted in 2000. 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.
Viré Clessé Les Raspillères : 0.73 ha
Planted in 2005. A 30% slope and poor soil, thin at the top. Originally planted with Gamay, it was abandoned after phylloxera, then brought back from being scrubland by a forester who was passionate about wine and who realised it had once been a vineyard.
St Véran Prélude : 2.3 ha
Poor, calcareous soils. 15% new wood in demi-muids (500l barrels). 45 year old vines in several plots - the earliest ripening.
St Véran la Roche : 0.42 ha
70 year old vines at 200m in Chasselas, on marl, in mid-slope. Some is aged in demi-muids, but mostly it's in barrel with 10% new wood.
St Véran à La Côte : 0.25 ha
The highest vineyard of the domaine at 400m, on red earth, in Chasselas. Aged in demi-muids with no new wood.
St Véran La Fournaise : 0.21ha
All aged in demi-muids with no new wood. The whitest and most mineral soil they have.
Pouilly Fuissé Pastoral : 0.45 ha
Pouilly Fuissé Madrigal : 0.25 ha
From Vergisson, (mostly 'en Carmentrant') and all aged in barrel, but no new wood even if some are recent.

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