2015 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Caillerets"

SKU #1315335 94 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Caillerets from the Fontaine family is a brilliant young wine. The bouquet is pure, complex and vibrant, delivering a stellar constellation of apple, pear, lemon zest, beautifully complex base of limestone minerality, a hint of mint and a deft framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and rock solid at the core, with laserlike focus, excellent grip and a very long, racy and perfectly balanced finish. Half the vines here were planted in 1960 and the other half a quarter century ago, and the combination of relatively young vines and older vines provides both striking mineral signature and glorious fruit tones. Stunning juice! 2018-2040.  (1/2017)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A distinctly citrus-suffused nose exhibits additional aromas of resin, matchstick and various white-fleshed fruits. There is a much more refined mouth feel to the sleeker and more mineral-driven middle weight flavors that possess very good depth on the balanced, dry and lengthy finish. This too is constructed such that it should amply reward mid-term cellaring. Drink: 2022+ *Sweet spot. Outstanding*  (6/2017)

92 points Decanter

 A classic Caillerets, with aromas of lemon oil, chalky soil, white flowers and tart pear. The palate is intense, taut and beautifully mineral, with lovely depth and a firm core. Drinking Window 2017-2023. (WK)  (2/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chassagne Montrachet 1Er Cru Caillerets has a stony, quite austere bouquet at first that needed encouragement from the glass. There is a touch of apricot blossom developing with time though it feels tight-lipped at the moment. The palate is lively with orange zest on the entry, very focused with mineral drive, almost a Chablis-like finish. One of those cases where less is more - watch out for this once in bottle. (NM)  (12/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Light, bright yellow. Pure but reticent aromas of peach, spices and crushed stone. Savory, dense and mineral-driven; light on its feet but conveys an impression of serious extract. Very classy, austere Caillerets with a pronounced terroir character for this very warm year. Subtly palate-staining, smooth and very long on the finish. A very classy wine with lovely restrained sweetness and excellent depth. (ST)  (9/2017)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


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- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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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.