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