Domaine Fontaine-gagnard

Céline Fontaine

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If terroir is key in Burgundy, the Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard is ready to unlock every door in Chassagne-Montrachet. In their hometown alone, the domaine produces wine from three Grand Crus and twelve different premier crus, including such mythic parcels as Le Montrachet, Les Caillerets, and La Romanée. Since 2007, the domaine has been ably guided by Céline Fontaine who combines a youthful energy and touch with the Burgundian tradition established by her parents, and crafts archetypal examples of some of the greatest climats in the world.

The Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard was created in 1985 by Laurence Gagnard from the Gagnard family in Chassagne and Richard Fontaine, who had served as an air force mechanic before establishing the new domaine with his wife. The original four hectares of vineyards came from primarily from the Gagnards in Chassagne, along with a small portion from Celine’s grandmother’s family Delagrange in Pommard. Over the next twenty years, the family undertook an ambitious campaign to purchase vineyards in Chassagne, and gradually increased the size of the domaine to 12 hectares.

Tradition runs deep in Burgundy, and winemaking at Fontaine-Gagnard is no exception. All wines are vinified with indigenous yeast. The whites are aged for one year and the reds for 18 months in the domaine’s custom-crafted barrels. Starting in the late 1980s and continuing through today, the domaine purchases their own custom French oak through a courtier de bois (wood broker), who ages the oak for them for two years, and then delivers it to a local cooper to finish their custom barrels (pièces in Burgundian slang).

Fontaine-Gagnard is one of the finest traditional domaines in the Côte d’Or, a true specialist of Chassagne, producing excellent wines that set the bar high for each vintage and reflect their wide range of grand terroirs.


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Le montrachet grand cru

Varietal: Chardonnay                                           Color: White

7 ares 81, southwest exposition, argovien marl marbled with different color clays (red, green, purple, orange)

 

Bâtard-montrachet grand cru

Varietal: Chardonnay                                       Color: White

32 ares 81, 3 parcels southeast and southwest exposition, planted between 1930 and 1986, brown Limestone enriched with clay and silt

 

criots-bâtard-montrachet grand cru

Varietal: Chardonnay                                 Color: White

33 ares 13, southeast exposition, planted between 1930 and 1979, clay-Limestone, steeper, rockier, and sunnier than Bâtard

 

chassagne-montrachet 1er cur la romanée

Varietal: Chenin Blanc                                          Color: White

35 ares 85, eastern exposition, clay-Limestone, rich in fossils, very light and few stones, very steep

 

Chassagne-montrachet 1er cru les caillerets

Varietal: Chardonnay                                    Color: White

56 ares, southeast exposition, planted between 1962 and 1966, clay-Limestone; top portion is very shallow and steep with white stones, and bottom part is rich in clay

 

chassagne-montrachet 1er cru morgeot

Varietal: Chardonnay                                  Color: White

Clay-limestone

 

chassagne-montracher 1er cru les vergers

Varietal: Chardonnay                                     Color: White

71 ares 73, southern exposition, planted in 1972, clay-Limestone gravelly red shallow soils with traces of iron

 

chassagne-montracher 1er cru la maltroie

Varietal: Chardonnay                                     Color: White

76 ares 06, southeast exposition, light and well-drained limestone with a bit of clay

 

chassagne-montracher 1er cru la boudriotte

Varietal: Chardonnay                                     Color: White

79 ares 84, southeast exposition, planted between 1945 and 1987, well-drained, shallow with small rocks

 

chassagne-montracheT village blanc

Varietal: Chardonnay                                     Color: White

1 hectare 68 ares 09 (Journoblot, La Bergerie, Les Voillenots Dessus, Voillenot Dessous, Masures, Les Essarts, Pot Bois), southeast exposition, planted between 1960 and 1989, brown limestone

 

Volnay 1er cru clos des chênes

Varietal: Pinot Noir                                    Color: Red

36 ares 81, southeast exposition, planted in 1960, clay-Limestone dominant limestone