France – Burgundy, Chassagne Montrachet
Notes from vigneronne Celine Fontaine.
“The 2017 vintage started with a high risk of frost, with negative temperatures at the end of May, (and 5 leaves on branches, so very risky) but luckily it was dry and windy. Only the Bourgogne red and Passetoutgrain plots were lightly affected by frost. And after 2016 we were not complaining (we had lost 60% on average on 2016).
The summer started warm and dry from mid-June, and the plant growth accelerated quickly. We started earlier than expected, the 3rd of September, with whites, the malic acid started to be low… yields were on the hugh side, and after frost on 2016 we had such a smile during the harvest ! It was a long harvest, but as always a loyal team comes every year to help in a warm atmosphere…
Whites: fermentation happens naturally in barrel, and then malolactic happens. Light batonnage during the alcoholic fermentation. Wines are racked in June and fined (caseine + bentonite) 1 month. Then we do a light filtration (Lenticulaire cartridge), before bottling mid-august. No new oak on Bourgogne; 20% new oak on villages; 1/3 on crus.
Reds : all are destemmed. Maceration lasts 2 weeks, with pumping over mainly. Alcoholic fermentation happens naturally. Malo happens in barrels then, our wines stay on lies during 1 year. After racking, the wines finish elevage in barrel and are bottled early February. No new oak on Bourgogne ; 20% new oak on villages ; 1/3 on crus. Malo happened very early on Pommard Rugiens (January) and very late on Volnay (summer).”
Bourgogne Blanc 2017
.21ha planted in 1980. 12.80%, AT 7.24 g/L acide tartrique, pH 3.18
Chassagne Montrachet Blanc 2017
7 parcels, totalling 1.8ha. planted from 1960-1989. 13.25% vol, AT 6.38 g/L acide tartrique, pH 3.27
Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Vergers 2017
.71ha planted in 1972. 13.5% vol, AT 6.76 g/L acide tartrique, pH 3.20
Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Caillerets 2017
.56ha planted in 1962. Terre blanche and rouge, long rows planted up and down, so this is a mix of the two soil types. 13.65% vol, AT 6.26 g/L acide tartrique, pH 3.28
Bourgogne Rouge 2017
Mostly young vines due to constant frost damage. From a plot on the “up-side” of RN74, situated in Volnay commune, below the grand mason of Domaine de la Pousse d’Or.
12.80% vol, AT 5.97 g/L acide tartrique, pH 3.50
Chassagne Montrachet Rouge 2017
13.15% vol, AT 5.94 g/L acide tartrique
“For the Chassagne reds… the village was producing mainly red wines but winegrowers started to plant Chardonnay from the 50’s (less risk, higher crops, quicker financial return). My great grandfather Edmond Delagrange started in Les Caillerets. Now there is no more Caillerets red.
There was 1/2 white / 1/2 red in 2000. 2/3 white / 1/3 red in 2016. And the change continues. But we will keep our reds and we won’t change our varieties. The reds are typically planted in more clayey soils in the Chassagne village area.”
Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes 2017
.37ha. Mostly 1940 plantings with .1ha. of 1960. 13.45% vol, AT 6.10 g/L acide tartrique, pH 3.48 (malo happened late, between July and August 2018)
Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens 2017
.21ha planted in 1982. 13.35% vol, AT 5.71 g/L acide tartrique, pH 3.54
Fontaine-Gagnard Bourgogne Blanc
Fontaine-Gagnard Bourgogne Rouge
Fontaine Gagnard Bourgogne Passetoutgrains
Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge
Fontaine-Gagnard Pommard 1er Cru ‘Les Rugiens’
Fontaine-Gagnard Volnay 1er Cru ‘Clos Des Chenes’
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