Saint-Véran: Domaine de Fa 'Les Crais' 2019
To the south of Mâcon, Saint-Véran encompasses a number of villages around Pouilly-Fuissé. Only Chardonnay is permitted in the appellations largely limestone soils and encompasses much of the area often previously sold as Beaujolais 'Blanc'. This is the Graillot family's first vintage of Chardonnay from their 'Les Crais' vines, and it spends some time in oak. It’s characteristically fresh and zingy with lovely acidity, citrus tang and bags of minerality.
2019 saw the first vintage of the Northern Rhône Graillot dynasty’s Chardonnay from vines in the Saint-Véran appellation of Burgundy.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Burgundy, Mâconnais|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Chardonnay|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, Seafood, White Fish|
|Cellarage||This wine should cellar well for 3 to 5 years from vintage.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13.5|
Domaine de Fa (Antoine & Maxime Graillot)
World-renowned Crozes Hermitage producer, Alain Graillot and sons Maxime & Antoine looked north to Beaujolais for a new winemaking venture, acquiring Domaine de Fa in 2013, with their first vintage appearing the following year. The family had a long-term home in the area so making wine in the region was a natural progression.
Farmed according to organic and biodynamic principles, they will be certified organic from the 2019 vintage. Their approach mirrors their style of winemaking in the Northern Rhône, looking for similar freshness and perfume from Gamay. The cellars are situated in the commune of Boyer with around 4ha of vines in Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages, 3ha in Fleurie, just under a hectare in Saint-Amour.
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