2005 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

SKU #1032292 93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A very subtle hint of wood spice sets off dried rose petal, citrus and peach aromas that precede the rich, structured and intense flavors that are more backward than those of the Criots and seem decidedly primary by comparison and culminate in a driving and distinctly austere finish. I should note though that this is on the awkward side today and my score offers the benefit of the doubt for the admirable track record this wine has achieved over the years, particularly since 2000.  (7/2007)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Expressive aromas of citrus peel, pear, minerals, nuts and lees. Fat, sweet and rich, showing more depth and early personality than the Criots. Full, broad and downright glyceral, with a powerful, palate-saturating finish. Like a number of these 2005s, there's a slightly exotic quality on the back. At this point, Fontaine told me that he prefers 2004 and 2006 to 2005. (ST)  (9/2007)

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Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.