La Fagotière’s 42 acres in the northern end of Châteauneuf handled the temperature swings of 2011 well, turning out one of the most graceful Châteauneufs in our tastings for this issue. It shows its ripeness not in sweetness but in meaty depth, the wine almost bloody in its mineral tang. At the same time, it’s fragrant and lifted, notes of violets, spice and herbs giving it a cool, foresty feel, the acidity holding the wine to a lean, long line. 92 points by Wine & Spirits.
WINEMAKER Chastan Family
GRAPE VARIETIES 55% Syrah, 40% Grenache Noir, 5% Mourvèdre
TERROIR Sandstones resting on a thick layer of clay full of “rolled pebbles”.
WINEMAKING Light pressing, traditional fermentation and maceration of 15 to 20 days in concrete and stainless steel tanks under controlled temperatures. Pneumatic press and malolactic fermentation.
AGEING Aged in oak barrels (from 43 to 80hl) for 8 to 12 months.
ALCOHOL CONTENT 14.5%