Saturday, June 24, 2006

June 24, 2006. Favorite Burgundies - Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard (Chassagne Montrachet)

There is a domaine in Chassagne Montrachet which has really been on a roll in recent years (last 6-7). While the reds are fine it is the whites which deserve some attention. Prices are reasonable and relatively "good value" if this was possible in Burgundy. Fontaine-Gagnard was formed in 1985 after the breakup of the Gagnard-Delagrange properties. In size, it is approximately 20 acres. Traditional techniques and organic fertilizers are used. Partial new oak is applied up to and including Grand cru's such as the Criots Batard Monrachet. Not sure about the Batard or Le Monrachet but given the style it would probably exceptional to see 100% new oak ( this isn't Napa or Hunter Valley anyway).

Richard Fontaine's portfolio consists of the following ( list of white wines).

Chassagne Montrachet
Chassagne Montrachet "Clos St.Jean"
Chassagne Montrachet "Clos St.Jean - Clos de Murees" ( Monopole)
Chassagne Montrachet "Bouriotte"
Chassagne Montrachet "Morgeot"
Chassagne Montrachet "Chenevottes"
Chassagne Montrachet "Vergers"
Chassagne Montrachet "Maltroie"
Chassagne Montrachet "Grande Montagne"
Chassagne Montrachet "La Romanee"
Chassagne Montrachet "Cailerets"
Criots Batard Montrachet (0.33ha)
Batard Montrachet (0.33 ha)
Montrachet (0.075 ha)

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