Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Wine of the Week - Jean-Charles Bourgogne Blanc “Les Champs l’Huillier”

In a world of skyrocketing Burgundy prices, our featured wine this week is decidedly down-to-earth. Jean-Charles Fagot crafts honest Burgundies at accessible costs, but this Bourgogne Blanc "Les Champs l'Huillier" may be the best deal in his lineup. Just awarded 89 points by the Wine Advocate, William Kelley writes:
"The 2017 Bourgogne Blanc Les Champs l'Huillier is terrific, wafting from the glass with aromas of lemon oil, grapefruit pith and oatmeal. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, elegantly textural and tangy, with more depth and concentration than the Louères. It's a serious Bourgogne Blanc that over-performs for the price."

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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