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Fontaine Gagnard 2022

Fontaine Gagnard 2022

In a little over 20 years, Domaine Fontaine Gagnard has become one of the most highly regarded producers in Chassagne Montrachet. Founded when Richard Fontaine married Laurence Gagnard in 1982 and combined their respective vineyards, their daughter Céline is now running the show with her husband, Fred Robert (ex-Armand Rousseau. Céline started working with her father, Richard Fontaine in 2007, and now has taken over the winemaking and general running of the Domaine.  The wines at Fontaine-Gagnard have always been elegant, but the small tweaks introduced by Céline have taken them to a new level. The cellar is really crowded, and construction is already underway for a more spacious cellar, this will allow for longer élevages. Céline is looking to extend the time the white wines age prior to bottling; currently they spend 11 months in barrel and are bottled just before harvest, but the intention is to leave the wines for at least another year in tank before bottling to allow them to really harmonise, this should take them from being (already) excellent all the way up to super stardom!  The quest for perfection just keeps on going.

2022 Burgundy: Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard

“Céline Fontaine received me at the winery in Chassagne, and as usual, she gave a refreshingly candid overview of the season:

The 2022 vintage had a very good flowering with a lot of fruit and good structure of bunches. We were surprised to see so much fruit in spring. In my mind, I thought that the fruit would be ripe around August 20. That was what I was aiming towards during the season. But from July, the weather was too warm and too dry, and this retarded the véraison, which was particularly long. Rain was rare. So, I decided to pick later and began on August 26, a decision I’m happy with in retrospect. When we were tasting the grapes, I was very surprised about the Chardonnay berries, which were like chewing gum! They did not contain much juice. The young vines suffered a lot, even in Criots, which does not normally suffer. So, we began with the Chassagne reds and Volnay, as the whites and reds had the same ripeness levels. Sugar levels rose quite quickly afterward as it was warm. Quantities were generous in whites, around 50hL/ha, which is my goal for Chardonnay. If we had rainfall, there might have been more. The alcohol levels are around 12.5%. I was comparing the vintage to 2020 as I had exactly the same analysis of the Caillerets, but in 2022, we have more malic acidity, so the pH levels are higher. We had to correct just a little bit for some cuvées.

There is a shorter length of barrel maturation here, so most wines have been bottled. This address has improved immensely over recent vintages, each year demonstrating more and more refinement. It is a very consistent portfolio, though I would single out the Chassagne La Romanée and Boudriotte as high points, while their Bâtard-Montrachet is one of my favourites, alongside the rarely seen Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet.”

Neal Martin

Don’t miss out on the red Chassagne Montrachets, so often overlooked by UK buyers – these offer stunning value for money compared to reds from the Côte de Nuits and are snapped up by the French restaurants as they overdeliver on quality & price!

Please note: Preference will be given to buyers who place balanced orders of both red & white wines. Grand Cru will not be sold on their own.

Offered subject to remaining unsold and final written confirmation.

Delivery will be charged at cost.

Wines to be shipped  autumn 2024.

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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Cailleret

2022 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Cailleret 3x150cl

Region BurgundyProducer Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
Type WhitePack Size 3x150cl
Vintage 2022Price £480.00

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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, La Romanee

2022 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, La Romanee 3x75cl

Region BurgundyProducer Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
Type WhitePack Size 3x75cl
Vintage 2022Price £265.00

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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Les Chenevottes

2022 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Les Chenevottes 6x75cl

Region BurgundyProducer Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
Type WhitePack Size 6x75cl
Vintage 2022Price £330.00

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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru

2022 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 3x75cl

Region BurgundyProducer Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
Type WhitePack Size 3x75cl
Vintage 2022Price £630.00

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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Montrachet Grand Cru

2022 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Montrachet Grand Cru 1x75cl

Region BurgundyProducer Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
Type WhitePack Size 1x75cl
Vintage 2022Price £595.00

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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Criots-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru

2022 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Criots-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 3x75cl

Region BurgundyProducer Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
Type WhitePack Size 3x75cl
Vintage 2022Price £630.00

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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Morgeot Rouge

2022 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Morgeot Rouge 6x75cl

Region BurgundyProducer Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
Type RedPack Size 6x75cl
Vintage 2022Price £315.00

2 cases available

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90-92

Neal Martin

The 2022 Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge Morgeot 1er Cru is certainly more flattering on the nose than the Clos Saint-Jean at the moment, with ebullient red berry and blueberry fruit, well-defined and expressive. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. There s plenty of fleshy red fruit with cracked black pepper and allspice towards the finish. Maybe the Domaine's strongest red this vintage. Very fine. [Neal Martin, 11/01/2024]

Anticipated maturity: 2026-2038

Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet, Rouge

2022 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet, Rouge 6x75cl

Region BurgundyProducer Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
Type RedPack Size 6x75cl
Vintage 2022Price £170.00

5+ cases available

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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, La Grande Montagne

2022 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, La Grande Montagne 6x75cl

Region BurgundyProducer Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
Type WhitePack Size 6x75cl
Vintage 2022Price £380.00

2 cases available

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91

Neal Martin

The 2022 Chassagne-Montrachet Grande Montagne 1er Cru has a slightly more tertiary bouquet, a little chalky in style and nicely focused. The palate is very tensile, with slightly more acidity than other cuvees, quite saline and certainly spicy towards the finish with a peppery aftertaste. There's a lot of "fun" in this "big mountain." [Neal Martin, 11/01/2024]

Anticipated maturity: 2025-2040

Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Les Murees

2022 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Les Murees 6x75cl

Region BurgundyProducer Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
Type WhitePack Size 6x75cl
Vintage 2022Price £330.00

1 case available

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88

Neal Martin

The 2022 Chassagne-Montrachet Clos des Murees 1er Cru, habitually the last to be picked due to vine stress, has a slightly leaner nose than the Clos Saint-Jean despite this being a warm micro-climate. The palate doesn't have the panache of other cuvees, but there is fine delineation. It's missing a bit of grip on the finish, though it will provide pleasure in its youth. A delicate, sensitive thing. [Neal Martin, 11/01/2024]

Anticipated maturity: 2024-2032

Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Les Vergers

2022 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Les Vergers 6x75cl

Region BurgundyProducer Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
Type WhitePack Size 6x75cl
Vintage 2022Price £330.00

1 case available

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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, La Maltroie

2022 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, La Maltroie 6x75cl

Region BurgundyProducer Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
Type WhitePack Size 6x75cl
Vintage 2022Price £330.00

2 cases available

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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, La Boudriotte

2022 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, La Boudriotte 6x75cl

Region BurgundyProducer Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
Type WhitePack Size 6x75cl
Vintage 2022Price £380.00

3 cases available

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93

Neal Martin

The 2022 Chassagne-Montrachet La Boudriotte 1er Cru has a crisp and precise bouquet, very focused with seamlessly integrated oak, crushed limestone and petrichor scents percolating through the yellow fruit. The palate is very well-balanced, with a slightly honeyed opening. It s one of the richer cuvees by taste, though analytically, it has very good acidity and 13% alcohol. Fans out wonderfully on the finish. Excellent. [Neal Martin, 11/01/2024]

Anticipated maturity: 2025-2045

Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Clos Saint-Jean Blanc

2022 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Clos Saint-Jean Blanc 6x75cl

Region BurgundyProducer Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
Type WhitePack Size 6x75cl
Vintage 2022Price £330.00

1 case available

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89-91

Neal Martin

The 2022 Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge Clos Saint-Jean 1er Cru has a little reduction on the nose that will be addressed by the time it is bottled. The palate is replete with crunchy black fruit, nicely focused, but the finish needs a little more finesse. A bit primal and gawky at the moment, it should cohere during the remainder of its barrel maturation. [Neal Martin, 11/01/2024]

Anticipated maturity: 2026-2035

Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet, Blanc

2022 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet, Blanc 6x75cl

Region BurgundyProducer Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
Type WhitePack Size 6x75cl
Vintage 2022Price £230.00

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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Bourgogne, Blanc

2022 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Bourgogne, Blanc 6x75cl

Region BurgundyProducer Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
Type WhitePack Size 6x75cl
Vintage 2022Price £130.00

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