2021 Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau “La Roche” Saint-Veran, Macon, Burgundy

2021 Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau “La Roche” Saint-Veran, Macon, Burgundy



Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau is a small estate run by two talented winemakers, Frantz Chagnoleau and his wife Caroline Gon (winemaker at Heritiers du Comte Lafon).  Frantz has a degree in Oenology and cut his teeth working for Olivier Merlin in the Mâconnais. Caroline holds two degrees in agricultural engineering and oenology; she worked at Newton Vineyards in Napa Valley before returning to France to work with Dominique Lafon as head winemaker for Héritiers du Comte Lafon. The relationship with Dominque as a friend and mentor has had a great influence on the couple, which is evident in a lineup of pure, terroir driven Mâconnais wines.  Dominque Lafon is considered a superstar, particularly known for his white Burgundies from Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet under the Domaine des Comtes Lafon label.  He has also been extremely successful with his Evening Land projects in Willamette Valley, Oregon.

Since 2013 all of the vineyards have been certified organic.  As with Lafon, this dynamic duo believes in minimal intervention, which includes the use of only indigenous yeast, as the best way to express the nuances of each unique terroir. Aging is done in mostly large, used French oak barrels, harvest is done completely by hand on a plot-by-plot basis, allowing each vine to achieve the appropriate balance of sugar and acidity before being picked.  This dynamic duo is one of the most talented teams in all of Burgundy, farming the old-fashioned way and making micro-quantities of single vineyard White Burgundy from some of the finest Chardonnay terroir in the world.

ONLY 80 cases produced.  From 50-75+ year old, extremely low yielding Chardonnay vines in Chasselas on one acre of a steep, high latitude southwest facing vineyard of clay and limestone with lots of fossilized shells.

Really, this wine is simply LIGHTS OUT – made from 50-75+ year old vines in the heart of Chasselas on a steep, high altitude southwest facing site it produces a wine that can no longer be described as Chardonnay, but REAL White Burgundy.  Beautiful and compelling aromatics combine citrus/tropics, pear and apple, hints of graham cracker-brioche. Great structure is balanced with a long tight rope of tension extending into the lengthy finish.  Intriguing underlying minerality.  Fresh and so easy to like!  What a mouth full!  Capable of evolving in the cellar.  Drinks like a $100+ bottle!