France – Burgundy, Chassagne Montrachet
Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard is one of the newest and most important producers in the village of Chassagne-Montrachet. The style of the wines at Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard is intense, racy, deep and complex. They start out life classically balanced and accessible, but always with expressions of terroir and the underlying structure to age gracefully. The wines are always focused and detailed, and are generally aged in about a third new oak for the Premier Crus and a little more for the Grand Crus.
Fontaine-Gagnard Bourgogne Blanc
Fontaine-Gagnard Bourgogne Rouge
Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge
Fontaine-Gagnard Pommard 1er Cru ‘Les Rugiens’
Fontaine-Gagnard Volnay 1er Cru ‘Clos Des Chenes’
Some wines from this producer are sold on allocation, please get in touch if you’re interested in getting an allocation.
This is from a .21ha parcel within Chassagne-Montrachet, planted in 1980. It is pale and fresh showing hints of lemon zest and spice, balanced ‘nervous’ acidity and nice texture and body. It is matured in three year-old oak and is made in the same way (with the same yields) as the Villages and Premiers Crus whites.
Grown in the commune of Volnay, this delightful Bourgogne has won many fans over the last few vintages. Raised in older, neutral oak, there is an expressive nose of rasp- berry and cherry aromas leading to fresh, racy and delicious medium-weight avours with the raspberry notes on the palate being surprisingly pure. It’s a vibrant, almost precocious young Burgundy that offers tremendous value for money.
Produced from a blend of six different parcels of vines, this is a powerful, ripe Chassagne with stone fruit character on the nose and balanced richness on the palate.
VOLNAY 1ER ‘CLOS DES CHÊNES’
From a .37ha plot mostly planted in 1940 with a small amount planted in 1960. This is a vivid, clean and perfumed red, yet “quite powerful for a Volnay” says Richard Fontaine. It has ‘woodsy’ aromas and ripe liqueurous characteristics like dried vine cuttings steeped in cherry brandy, slightly more concen- trated that the very elegant expressions we normally expect from Volnay. This site is in the centre of what is regarded by many to be one of the best Volnay 1ers.
POMMARD 1ER ‘RUGIENS’
This is from a .21ha plot planted in 1982, in the most sought after Pommard 1er Cru. This is riper, rmer, and slightly more rustic in structure than the Clos des Chênes, but still pristine and pure in aroma. There are deep avours of cherries and plums, with lighter delicate notes of red currants and spices. Les Vergers is across the road – indeed only a stone’s throw – from the Montrachet vineyard, and often shares the rich- ness and power of that most famous Grand Cru. It’s a well- sited, sloping vineyard and the Fontaine parcel is a .71 ha plot planted in 1972. It shows all the lemon and mineral expected, but an extra hint of mealy/doughy complexity.