Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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

Burgundy - it's a wine lover's dream, but it often feels like ever-deepening pockets are necessary to buy into these wines. Fortunately, lesser-known appellations are still available for everyday drinking prices. This Saint-Romain Blanc is one such example. Located in the Côte de Beaune at a slightly higher elevation (250-400 meters), this appellation has limestone/marl soils with patches of clay that particularly favor the Chardonnay grape. It produces nicely mineral whites with notes of white flower and citrus and stone fruits. The perfect accompaniment to white fish.

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 vinified traditionally and naturally, utilizing oak foudres and 12-14 month long aging periods in the Fagot cellars.

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