Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau Pouilly-Fuisse "Pastoral", 2015

Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau Pouilly-Fuisse "Pastoral", 2015

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Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau is a small estate run by two talented winemakers, Frantz Chagnoleau and his wife Caroline Gon. Frantz graduated with a degree in Oenology from Bordeaux University in 2004 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. Since 2013 all of the vineyards have been certified organic. Frantz and Caroline believe in minimal intervention, which includes the use of only indigenous yeast, as the best way to express the nuances found in the variety of terroir. Aging is exclusively in used French oak and 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 Chardonnay comes from four 60 year old parcels in Vergisson. After hand harvesting, grapes are pressed using a pneumatic press then left overnight in a low temperature stainless steel tank. Most of the both the alcoholic and malolactic fermentation are carried out in temperature controlled ovals (very big oak barrels) using wild yeast. It jumps out of the glass with a steely minerality, matched with vibrant green apple and grapefruit. The presence of oak is discernible, but only adds to the overall complexity and structure of this vibrant wine.

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