2022

Chassagne-Montrachet

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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard is a wine estate in Chassagne-Montrachet has about 12ha of vineyards spread over 22 different appellations. Largely divided between several Premier crus and Grand Crus in Chassagne-Montrachet. They also own small plots in other areas, including Volnay and Pommard.

The house is descended from the famous Gagnard family and is currently managed by Céline Fontaine and her family. Fontaine-Gagnard is best known for their white wines, which consequently comprise 75% of production. Céline likes to let things happen naturally in the cellar and vineyards, it is what it is and what it is, is good. The wines are elegant and sleek, often with beautiful floral character. The wines offer everything one looks for in Chassagne-Montrachet and more.

Chassagne-Montrachet is a village and municipal appellation in the Côte de Beaune. It makes both white and red wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (65%/35%). The village-level appellation covers about 300ha, most of which lies under the road between Puligny and Santenay. The appellation also houses 3 Grand Crus and 55 Premier Crus vineyards.

In general, the soils have a high lime content however, there is a clear difference between the vineyards south of the village of Chassagne-Montrachet and those to the north. In the south, they have a higher concentration of limestone marl and red gravel - soils better suited to pinot noir. In the north, the harder marl gives way to softer, finer limestone structures; this is where some of the world's most respected Chardonnay is produced.

The climate around Chassagne-Montrachet is of the continental type, with warm, dry summers and cool, long winters. Spring arrives here earlier than in Burgundy's northern outposts such as Chablis. Nevertheless, vintners in the commune still have to contend with cold spring mornings and the risk of frost damage to their vines.

The Chassagne-Montrachet is aged for 12 months in barriques, about 20% new oak. The wine has a lively bouquet with vanilla, white flowers, apricots and citrus. In monde the typsic finesse and precision of Céline Fontaine.

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