Brilliant white Burgundy.
Fontaine-Gagnard: “There are really splendid wines at this address” (Neal Martin)
Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard was founded in 1985 following the split of the Gagnard-Delagrange domaine. Richard Fontaine, an engineer by training, runs the domaine and in the past twenty years has made the domaine one of the top estates of Chassagne-Montrachet. An enviable holding of Chassagne-Montrachet premier cru vineyards is complemented by grand cru holdings in Batard-Montrachet, Criots-Batard-Montrachet and Le Montrachet itself.
The winemaking at Fontaine-Gagnard is traditional. Everything is hand-picked as you would expect, natural yeast are used and the wines see up to 30% new oak depending on the appellation. The wines are lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling after a year of maturation.
The style is a weighty one, with the deft use of new oak adding to the assiduous work in the vineyard. This is unquestionably a top domaine, one that currently flies under the radar. For lovers of white Burgundy with weight, definition and real terroir expression, this is an excellent source of well-priced wines, which have scored consistently well for the Renaissance team in our regular Burgundy tastings.
The Renaissance Vintners selection of premier and grand crus can be seen HERE.