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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne Maltroie 1er Cru 2017

$125.00 Excl. tax

Grapefruit, pear, melons, white peach, slight gunflint, nice balance between minerality and richness of fruit. Long and fine.

The historic Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard has its origin in the fine Gagnard-Delagrange holdings of fifty years ago, as the vineyards hail from the marriage of Richard Fontaine to Jacques Gagnard’s oldest daughter Laurence Gagnard in 1982. Today, the domaine is managed by the intuitive and graceful Céline Fontaine.

The heart and soul of the domaine are their Chassagne-Montrachets, of which they own a fine clutch of premier crus and vines also in the grand crus of Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet and Montrachet itself.

The style of the wines is intense, deep and complex. They are Chassagnes that start out life as classically balanced and accessible, but always with fine expressions of terroir and the underlying structure to age gracefully as well. 

APPELLATION: Chassagne Montrachet

VARIETALS: Chardonnay

VINEYARD: Mid-slope, situated on a slight incline at an altitude of 240-255m. Thought to be the site of an ancient cemetery.

ORIENTATION: Southeast

SOIL: Maltroie presents one of Chassagne’s most complex soil compositions. Small rocks sit atop a fairly deep vein of mineral clay, rich in magnesium and iron oxide, with vines penetrating to a solid bedrock core of limestone.

VITICULTURE: lutte raisonnee

VINIFICATION: Traditional fermentation in barrel

AGING12 months in barrel (appx. 30% new)

90 Points, Allen Meadows, Burghound: "There is a whiff of exotic fruit to the resin, pear, melon and white peach aromas. Like the Chassagne villages, the medium weight flavors are also quite supple and succulent, indeed even opulent, though there is good focus to the balanced, clean and dry finale." 06/19

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