Thursday, June 20, 2019

Wine of the Week - Jean-Charles Bourgogne Rouge "Les Riaux"

Our featured wine this week is something of a unicorn: an affordable red Burgundy. We've featured the wines of Jean-Charles before and this beauty is one of our favorites in his lineup. Allen Meadows for Burghound agrees, saying of the 2015 vintage:
"A pepper-inflected array of dark raspberry, earth and a hint of humus leads to rich and relatively full-bodied flavors that are at once delicious and generous, all wrapped in a lingering and mildly rustic effort. While this could certainly be enjoyed young, it is sufficiently structured to benefit from 2 to 3 years of cellaring."

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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