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2017 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Maltroie"

SKU #1436657 89-91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Pale yellow. Pear and white flowers on the nose. Concentrated but stony and closed on the palate, showing less fruit in the early going than the Chenevottes. Tactile, salty wine with good breadth but only moderate length and grip. Incidentally, these virused, very old (about 70 years) vines, which typically yield very small grapes, produced less than 40 hectoliters per hectare in 2017 after suffering badly from the frost in 2016, and Céline Fontaine told me that they need to be replanted soon. (ST) Inner quote mark (9/2018)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark (from Ez Crets). There is a whiff of exotic fruit to the resin, pear, melon and white peach aromas. Like the Chassagne villages, the medium weight flavors are also quite supple and succulent, indeed even opulent, though there is good focus to the balanced, clean and dry finale. Inner quote mark (6/2019)

90 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark Céline Fontaine has sixty year-old vines in Maltroie and she notes that these vines always produces bunches with tiny berries, so there is always excellent depth in this wine from the fine skin to juice ratio. The 2017 has turned out very nicely, but again, this is one of those forward, 1992 lookalikes in the cellar this year, as it offers up a fine nose of apple, pear, almond, stony soil tones, spring flowers and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, complex and juicy on the attack, with a good core, fine mineral drive, a sound framing of acidity and very good length and grip on the easy to drink and easy to love finish. Good juice. 2018-2040+. Inner quote mark (1/2019)

K&L Notes

92 points Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "From two plots, that in Ez Crets being old and somewhat degenerate vines. Pale lemon in colour. The first impression is of a strict and tense nose, indeed there is excellent tension on the palate too, no more than middleweight but very clean and pure." (01/2019)

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