Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau is located in the picturesque village of Pierreclos and covers (only) 6.8ha. Frantz is undoubtedly one of the great talents of the Mâconnais. His wife is a manager at Héritiers Du Comte Lafon! In terms of wine, it is already a top couple!
Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau is a small estate run by two talented winemakers, Frantz Chagnoleau and his wife Caroline Gon (winemaker at Héritiers du Comte Lafon). Frantz has a degree in oenology and gained his experience with Olivier Merlin in the Mâconnais. Caroline has 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. The relationship with Dominque as a friend and mentor has had a profound influence on the pair, evidenced by a lineup of pure, terroir-driven Mâconnais wines.
Since 2013, all vineyards are certified organic. Similar to Lafon, this dynamic duo believes in minimal intervention, including using only native yeast, as the best way to express the nuances of each unique terroir. Aging takes place in largely large, used French oak, harvesting is done entirely by hand, parcel by lot, allowing each vine to reach the correct balance of sugar and acidity before picking. This dynamic duo are one of the most talented teams in all of Burgundy, farming the old fashioned way and micro-batching single vineyard white Burgundy from some of the best Chardonnay terroirs in the world.