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

SKU #1315337 93 points John Gilman

 The Fontaine family’s parcel of vines in Vergers lie right on the border with Clos St. Jean and celebrated their forty-fifth birthday in 2015. This too is a classic expression of Vergers, delivering a fine aromatic constellation of pear, tangerine, chalky soil tones, citrus zest, spring flowers and a deft framing of new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and a touch more reserved in personality than the Chenevottes, with a fine core and excellent cut and grip on the long and nicely soil-driven finish. Give this a year or two to blossom fully. Drink between 2018-2035.  (11/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Pale, bright yellow. Shows captivating perfumed lift for the vintage, offering scents of pear, lime, lemon drop, white peach, white flowers and powdered stone, plus a whiff of spicy oak; very Chassagne-Montrachet. Suave, brisk and intensely flavored but adamantly dry and even a bit austere in the early going, with citrus, crushed rock and iodiney mineral flavors dominating. Very brisk and light on its feet, especially in the context of the year, but with no shortage of sneaky intensity. Finishes with a subtle whiplash of flavor and slowly building length. Softened nicely and showed more thickness with time in the glass but I doubt I would have picked this blind as a 2015. (ST)  (9/2017)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is an interesting lemon-lime character to the notes of apple, matchstick and citrus, all of which is trimmed in soft wood. The rich and again relatively full-bodied flavors possess a caressing mouth feel thanks to the abundance of sappy dry extract that is buffered by the citrus-inflected acidity that renders the lingering finish agreeably dry. Lovely. *Outstanding*  (6/2017)

91 points Decanter

 Les Vergers, a late-ripening site, is a success, revealing notes of lemon, green apple and crème pâtissière on the nose, with a pure, full-bodied palate impression and good acidity.Drinking Window 2017 - 2023. (WK)  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

Praise for the producer from the Wine Advocate: "Fontaine-Gagnard is a Chassagne domaine that has really upped the ante in recent vintages, and has provoked discussion among Burgundy cognoscenti who noticed a shift in style to ever more precise and complex expressions of respective terroirs. A large part has been due to the change in generations. Since Celine Fontaine has taken the reins, there has been a drive towards quality that is clearly tangible in the wines. Moreover, she always comes across as an intelligent, thoughtful, candid and passionate winemaker, so much so that I could quite easily sit and chat with her all day. She’s a winemaker that seems to be more 'switched on' than others, considering not only the quality of her wines but also their distribution and perception beyond the confines of Burgundy." (NM, 12/2015)

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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.