SAINT VÉRAN

2022 La Fournaise Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

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Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Mâconnais
Village Saint Véran
ABV 13%
Vineyard La Fournaise

This has wonderful bite and bounce. Quite a busy complex palate – ripe, beautiful, complete fruit. A real pertness to the fruit. Super delicious and balanced, bags of energy, gorgeous. You can see why this is Frantz’s favourite. Just 12.4% Alcohol this year.
An amazing, east facing plateau, 50 year-old vineyard. The earth here has lots of white stones on the surface - then 30cm of earth then straight into the hard limestone bedrock. This is his ‘whitest’ soil Frantz has - its quite high too above Montchanins at 350m. He harvests this in the afternoon having done Monchanins in the morning. No new wood here.
L&S (Nov 2023)

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Certified organic. Open aroma of pears and a touch dusty/mineral. Ripe-fruited with clementine fruit and pith on the palate. Straightforward but with notable fruit intensity on the mid palate. (JH) Drinking range: 2025 - 2028 Rating: 16.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2024)

The 2022 Saint-Véran La Fournaise comes from a warmer micro-climate on white soils with active limestone that paradoxically tends to ripen a bit later. Aged in two demi-muids, this is a little more bashful on the nose, possibly due to some recent sulphur addition, but it opens nicely in the glass. The palate is well balanced with a lovely rondeur, fine acidity and citrus lemon mixed with orange rind toward the linear finish. Very fine. Drinking range: 2025 - 2038 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jun 2023)

Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

Frantz Chagnoleau and his wife Caroline Gon, who was until 2022 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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