Wine Enthusiast: 91 Points
"Roasted notes of mocha almost have a minty edge on the nose of this wine before a mix of forest berry radiates fruitiness. The palate comes in with freshness, slightly brushing tannins and a sense of that rounded, fresh forest fruit. On the finish, it's slightly drying but fresh."
Producer: Domaine Pagnotta
Wine: 2018 Maranges 1er Cru La Fussiere
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Food: Beef rib steaks, or joints of beef or lamb, braised or in sauce. Roast pork is well suited to its rich aromas, as are poultry-based stews. As for the cheeseboard, this wine harmonizes equally well with either mild, soft cheeses or aged versions.
Cellaring: Drink now or hold until 2030
Umberto Pagnotta created the domain in the 1970’s in Rully where he produced wines from 12 acres of vine on this appellation only.
Today, the vineyards span over 82 acres producing delicious wines across Bouzeron, Santenay, Mercurey, Givry, Maranges, Hautes-Côtes and regional appellations. Now based in the heart of Chagny, on the edge of Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise, the winery is easily accessible to the family vineyards and comprises modern vinification, aging and storage cellars. Great attention is paid to the vineyards throughout the year to respect the environment and produce disease-free grapes that are perfectly matured at the time of harvest.
Maranges is a village appellation located in the Côte de Beaune region (Saône-et-Loire) and is comprised of 7 Premiers Cru Climats. Red wines grown within the defined area of this appellation may also claim the appellation Cote de Beaune Villages. Producing communes: Cheilly-lès-Maranges, Dezize-lès-Maranges and Sampigny-lès-Maranges. In this appellation, the words Premier Cru and/or the name of the Climat of origin may be added to the name Maranges for wines grown on Premier Cru plots.
The Maranges area, which grows mainly Pinot Noir plus some Chardonnay, forms a link between the Côte-d’Or and the Saône-et-Loire. Its vineyards are interlocked with those of neighboring Santenay, with which it shares some well-thought-of Premiers Crus. Maranges was granted its own AOC Village in 1988 covering the three villages of Cheilly-lès-Maranges, Dezize-lès-Maranges and Sampigny-lès-Maranges. The surrounding countryside has a character of its own - gentle and warm-hearted - which has been lovingly described by the Burgundian writer Henri Vincenot. The charmingly old-fashioned homes of the winemakers provide perfect subjects for a painter’s brush.
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