Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Wine of the Week - Jean-Charles Fagot Saint-Romain

In Côte de Beaune lies the picturesque region of Saint-Romain at the foot of a high cliff over looking a wide stretch of country side. It was one of the first places in Bourgogne where the Celts Romans cultivated grape vines. The vines in this region occupy a sloping site where they benefit from excellent soils. This blend of limestones and marls includes patches of clay which the Chardonnay grape is perfectly suited for. The Fagot Saint-Romain undergoes temperature-controlled fermentation with natural yeasts, and it's aged 12 months in French oak. Fagot's Saint-Romain's minerality makes it an a perfect pairing for delicate fish, lightly fried or steamed, poached eggs, marinated vegetables, and soft-centered cheeses like Camembert. 

The Fagot family has been located in the small village of Corpeau since 1860. Just outside Chassagne-Montrachet, it is located near some of the most prestigious vineyards in the Cote de Beaune, so it would be fair to say that wine is in the family’s blood. Jean-Charles is part of the 5th generation of Fagots in the area and the third generation to own vineyard acreage in Chassagne-Montrachet. On his estate vineyards, Jean-Charles employs lutte raisonée, a method of growing in which chemical intervention is employed only when necessary. The wines are vini ed traditionally and naturally, utilizing oak foudres and 12-14 month long aging periods in the Fagot cellars. 


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