2013 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Romanée"

SKU #1231808 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru la Romanée is broody and much more taciturn than the Caillerets, which is typical according to Céline. There are limestone scents here, touches of wet granite. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry and then it fans out with lightly honeyed citrus fruit. It remains focused, feels long and tender in the mouth, though perhaps the Caillerets just has the edge apropos complexity. Whatever, you still would not kick this out of bed in the morning. (NM)  (12/2014)

92 points Vinous

 Pale yellow. Cool aromas of lime, vineyard peach and crushed stone, plus a suggestion of mirabelle. A sweet, plush midweight with a lovely sugar/acid balance and good stony energy to its expressive yellow fruit flavors. This tactile, concentrated wine is better balanced today than the 2014 version. Finishes silky and thick, with a note of white truffle. (ST)  (9/2015)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* A beautifully nuanced and highly complex nose offers up notes of ripe white peach, green apple, orange peel and subtle spice hints. There is equally good purity to the rich, focused and notably firm flavors that possess excellent intensity and delineation on the impressively long finale. This is lovely and refined but lacks the same mid-palate concentration as the very best here. To be sure this is by no means unduly lean but it does need to flesh out somewhat as it ages.  (6/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Inviting aroma of lemon/lime citrus, plus minerality, and impressive intensity on the palate. Precise but also full of lively citrus fruit and good length. Intense rather than elegant but none the worse for that. (JH)  (1/2015)

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Chassagne Montrachet

- A long, wandering village in the Côte de Beaune. Fortunately, what the workaday village lacks in charm, the wines more than make up for. Most famous for its white wines, which are lovely and delicate, Chassagne-Montrachet actually produces more red than white wine. It is one of the few places in the Côte D'Or where both red and white wines are produced from Premier Cru vineyards. The Grands Crus are Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet (both shared with the neighboring village of Puligny) and Criots Bâtard Montrachet.