2019 Madrigal Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau
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Frantz told us that the parcels that make this cuvée were so outstanding in 2019 that they had to use them all, even if it does mean not that much of the Pastoral cuvée this year. All in barrel - there's no new wood, but some one year old. Even so they had to press it all together as there was so little. The wine is outstanding - real density and superb balance - everything in both concentration and elegance. It will be aged a little more to draw it out more in length. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 L&S (Oct 2020)
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The 2019 Pouilly-Fuissé "Madigral" comes from five barrels that undergo 11 months on the lees in barrel plus three months in tank. This has more intensity on the nose compared to the Pastoral. The palate is very well balanced and delineated. It is quite saline in the mouth and focused with a spicy, saffron tinged finish that lingers. Very refined. Drinking range: 2022 - 2040 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Nov 2021)
The 2019 Pouilly-Fuissé Madrigal has a really lovely bouquet with white peach and orange blossom scents that unfurl from the glass, all very well defined. The palate is very well balanced with fine delineation, well judged acidity, orange zest, apricot and a touch of Seville orange marmalade enlivening the finish. Excellent. Drinking range: 2022 - 2031 Rating: 91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2021)
Greenish gold. Rich, floral nose. Rich and broad. Very charming with enough acidity to enliven the almost fat fruit. Glossy wine that's clearly Mâconnais Chardonnay rather than Côte d'Or. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 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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