Wine Region: Burgundy
The 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Maltroie delivers a pretty bouquet of pear, waxy citrus rind and almond paste. Medium to full-bodied, its satiny attack segues into a nicely concentrated core that's underpinned by lively acids, concluding with a precise finish.
About the estate:
Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard is one of the finest and most important producers in the village of Chassagne-Montrachet. The domaine has its origin in the fine Gagnard-Delagrange holdings of forty-five years ago, as the vineyards hail from the marriage of Richard Fontaine to Jacques Gagnard’s oldest daughter, Laurence Gagnard, in 1982. Richard Fontaine is a meticulous vigneron. His vineyard regimen is based on the principles of lutte raisonnée. Now with the help of his daughter Céline, he looks after 20 acres, including parcels in three Grand Cru vineyards and an impressive array of Chassagne’s finest 1er Cru parcels. Richard and Céline never use more than one-third new oak and no wine is aged over a year in wood. This translates to purity and precision in each of Fontaine-Gagnard's wines. The domaine releases an average of 3,000 cases of wines each year, a small production by any measure, yet each handcrafted bottle is signatured with personal pride towards authenticity and uncompromising quality.