Jean-Charles Fagot – 2020


Jean-Charles Fagot 2021Tasted in Corpeau with Jean-Charles, 17 December 2021 – my last visit of the year, just as last year!

Domaine Jean-Charles Fagot
5 Rue de l’Église
21190 Corpeau
Tel: +33 3 80 21 30 24
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Jean-Charles on 2020:
2020 wasn’t bad for sourcing the wines but for the 2021s, of course, there’s a lot more competition for them. The 2020 whites were bottled before the harvest and the reds after, right up until the start of November. There’s bit more white than red here in 2020. It will be the reverse in 2021, of course!

The wines…:

I think a super range this year – I like it a bit more than JC’s 2019s – certainly the whites. Good value, very good to excellent quality – and occasionally great too!

All DIAM seals this year except a couple of reds:

2020 Bourgogne Aligoté
‘From old vines of 50 years-old from ‘Corpeau-Montrachet‘ – I think it’s great soil for Bourgogne’
That’s a really perfumed nose. Round but with an incisive side, a deliciously mineral end too. With a lovely finishing impression. That’s super!

2020 Bourgogne Chardonnay Les Louères
Near Puligny, almost a hectare
Also perfumed but with more depth here. Just a hint of the creamy barrel but here is a beautifully structured and shaped wine – excellent!

2020 Bourgogne Chardonnay Les Champs Huillier
This close to Chassagne
This nose is more compact but still of good width. A little more muscle and minerality – there’s density here but it melts in fine fashion over the palate. More mineral finishing too. Keep this a bit longer but it’s very good! The finish has some lovely citrus dimensions – a little lime in here too.

2020 Rully
From 2 parcels
A super nose – wide, airy and very attractive. Yes! This is open, cool fruited and absolutely delicious wine. Great purity. Excellent wine, fading in mouth-watering style!

2020 St.Romain
That’s a fine airy nose – with clarity and minerality in combination. Some impact here – there’s no lack of concentration – but here is a super width of cool fruit and minerality. That’s another excellent wine – I love the slowly-fading finish.

2020 Pernand-Vergelesses Les Pins
A deeper, proper Pernand nose of slightly reductive minerality. Vibrant, chalky, wide. Long finishing waves of flavour. Keep this back a year or two but this is a super villages…

2020 Auxey-Duresses Les Ruchottes
All frosted in 2019.
A super nose – forward, citrus and highly attractive. Extra depth and width, full of energy. That’s a top Auxey – bravo!

2020 St.Aubin 1er Cru
From Sur Gamay and Frionnes – both small, so assembled.
Also a super attractive citrus invitation. More direct, a little more rigour – I love this structure – also for keeping a while but that’s a beautiful wine!

2020 Puligny-Montrachet
One parcel
More depth of aroma – a lovely vibration from this – clearly proper wine! Concentrated but full of freshness – deep, spiced and mineral. Keep this in the cellar a couple of years so that it can open its arms wider. Lots of material. Super finishing – that’s the best part!

2020 Chassagne-Montrachet
Here much more open, yet with a more obvious aromatic concentration – simply lovely. Mouth-filling with clarity and density but never ‘dense.’ Layered, luxuriously textured and absolutely delicious!

2020 Meursault Les Millerandes
Airy, perfumed – such a great invitation. Direct, cool and mineral in style. Really a super mouthful of wine. Another that I’d keep back in the cellar for a while but a very fine villages wine here that has another level of intensity as you head into the finish – almost a great villages!

Les Reds:

2020 Bourgogne Côte d’Or Les Meix Grapins
That’s a big and open nose – a super nose of red fruit, slightly dark and ultra-attractive. Here’s a properly structured open cool-fruited wine. That’s a great Bourgogne – not too fat and rich and that will repay your patience too – sweeping flavours here!

2020 Rully
Here’s a nose that’s much more 2020 – dark, concentrated – ripe of course but with plenty of freshness. Big, fresh and open, there’s concentration and frame of fine grained tannin. The middle flavour growing with ever-more complexity. A rush of mouth-watering finishing flavour. Keep it 2 years then you can start your journey with this wine – the dark fruit in the finish is deliciously pure.

2020 Côte de Nuits Villages
A more graphite minerality width – quite an airy impression. Fresh attack but deep with fresh fruit. The combination with the structure is properly Côte de Nuits. That’s completely delicious but with a proper structure too.

2020 Monthelie
Back to a very perfumed style – red but darker-red fruit – like the Rully. Really a mouthful of wine, more visible tannin in this one but juicy and almost fluid in the style – delicious finishing. That’s a really excellent Rully.

2020 Auxey-Duresses Sur Melin
A smaller but attractively red-fruited nose. Vibrant and tasty – young wine but delicious wine.

2020 Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles-Vignes
That’s deep but it’s hanging with glossy dark fruit – really a top nose. Fresh, great attack – wide with a frame of slightly drying but grainless tannin. Proper Chassagne for keeping – as it should be. Beautiful dark berry fruit at the end. Simply excellent.

2020 Santenay 1er Gravieres
A nose of depth though a little less wide. Extra freshness and width, extra energy too. Really a super mouth-watering flavour. Tannin, like the last, though here with a small grain. Such mouth-watering energy – a rewarding wine. Super again.

2020 Volnay
Deeply coloured of course. Despite the colour, here is some aromatic elegance – a fine width of aroma. Again mouth-filling – here with even more structural tannin than the Chassagne. Keep this 3 years then return – I think the texture is lovely and it finishes very well.

2020 Pommard Les Cras
A fine depth of dark fruit, accented with floral perfume. Big in the mouth – structural tannin like the previous wine – another to wait for but the power is well-modulated and the finish clean and fresh. Again, I’d start with about a 3-year wait and see from there – the material is excellent!

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