2017 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Morgeot" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1393027 92 points John Gilman

 Céline Fontaine’s parcel of vines in Morgeot are in the extreme southern end of the vineyard, situated between the superb climat of la Cardeuse and the Santenay border. Her 2017 bottling is the first premier cru in the cellar here that really will demand a bit of bottle age before it starts to drink with generosity, which I take as a good sign for its future development. The nose delivers a promising mix of apple, lemon, a touch of orange, lovely minerality, vanillin oak and a delicately floral topnote redolent of white flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and nicely mineral in personality, with snappy acids, lovely cut and grip and a long, focused and nicely reserved finish. Fine potential. 2020-2045+.  (1/2019)

90-92 points Vinous

 (the estate's holding is in Les Brussonnes, on the Santenay side of this appellation): Healthy pale yellow. Musky, smoky scents of yellow peach and gunflint. At once seamless and energetic, showing lovely spicy lift to its intense flavors of stone fruits and white flowers. The wine's silky texture is nicely leavened by lemony cut. Finishes tactile and firm, with very good verve and lift. A very graceful Morgeot in the making. (ST)  (9/2018)

K&L Notes

92 Points from Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy: "From La Grand Borne at the southern end of the appellation. There are some green tints here, this is not the heaviest of Morgeots, and the Fontaine-Gagnard team have managed to retain plenty of tension, with some floral notes and some elegance. Very long finish." (01/2019)


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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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.