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: Maison 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 established the domain in the 1970s in Rully, exclusively producing wines from 12 acres of vine within this appellation.
Today, the vineyards span over 82 acres and craft delightful wines across Bouzeron, Santenay, Mercurey, Givry, Maranges and regional appellations such as Hautes-Côtes de Beaune. Now situated in the heart of Chagny, on the border of Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise, Domaine Pagnotta was purchased by the Chanzy group located in Bouzeron in 2017. The Chanzy group's total holdings comprise 197 acres, covering over three districts.
Throughout the year, great attention is devoted to the vineyards to respect the environment and produce disease-free grapes that ripen perfectly at harvest time. The vinification process involves de-stemming, meticulous sorting, light pneumatic pressing, and temperature-controlled tanks to ensure optimum quality. The vineyards are now certified at High Environmental Value (HVE) level 3.
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.
Information by: Burgundy Wines