Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau, Saint-Véran, “La Roche”
Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau, Saint-Véran, “La Roche”

Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau, Saint-Véran, “La Roche”

Burgundy, France 2021 (750mL)
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Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau, Saint-Véran, “La Roche”

Long overlooked, the Mâcon region of southern Burgundy has become a hotbed of exciting new projects and a prime source of high quality and excellent value Chardonnay for in-the-know wine lovers. Frantz Chagnoleau has been leading the charge here for well over a decade now, aided by his wife Caroline Gon who’s day job is winemaker at perhaps the most famous Mâcon estate, Héritiers du Comte Lafon. Indeed, the influence of the iconic Dominique Lafon is clear: these are pure, mineral driven and terroir transparent Burgundies. Farming is certified organic and the winemaking is clean and minimalist in nature. Aging is done mostly in large, neutral barrels as Frantz and Caroline seek to minimize any overt oak influence. These wines are some of the most exciting values in White Burgundy, and they are even more compelling given the excellent, though very tiny, 2021 vintage.


From small parcel of 50 to 75 year old vines on a steep hill with clay overtop of limestone that is loaded with marine fossils. This is bright, mineral driven Chardonnay with loads of lemon zest, crunchy apple and white pepper. Serve at 45 to 50 degrees in a Burgundy stem and enjoy with a plate of raw oysters on the half shell. Drinking window: now to 2030. Only 80 cases of this beauty were made!

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France

Bourgogne

Beaujolais

Enjoying the greatest wines of Beaujolais starts, as it usually does, with the lay of the land. In Beaujolais, 10 localities have been given their own AOC (Appellation of Controlled Origin) designation. They are: Saint Amour; Juliénas; Chénas; Moulin-à Vent; Fleurie; Chiroubles; Morgon; Régnié; Côte de Brouilly; and Brouilly.

Southwestern France

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Bordeaux surrounds two rivers, the Dordogne and Garonne, which intersect north of the city of Bordeaux to form the Gironde Estuary, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The region is at the 45th parallel (California’s Napa Valley is at the38th), with a mild, Atlantic-influenced climate enabling the maturation of late-ripening varieties.

Central France

Loire Valley

The Loire is France’s longest river (634 miles), originating in the southerly Cévennes Mountains, flowing north towards Paris, then curving westward and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean near Nantes. The Loire and its tributaries cover a huge swath of central France, with most of the wine appellations on an east-west stretch at47 degrees north (the same latitude as Burgundy).

Northeastern France

Alsace

Alsace, in Northeastern France, is one of the most geologically diverse wine regions in the world, with vineyards running from the foothills of theVosges Mountains down to the Rhine River Valley below.

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