2017 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru La Romanee

2017 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru La Romanee

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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
Chassagne-Montrachet “La Romanée”  
1er Cru White 750 ml
Score: 93
Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
Drink: 2027+
Issue: 75
Sweet spot Outstanding
Producer note: Richard Fontaine’s daughter Céline, who is progressively taking over the domaine, described the 2017 growing season as one where we were “incredibly fortunate not to have suffered frost damage again because everything was in place for another catastrophe. In the end though, there was a bit less humidity and some wind, both of which were critical in avoiding damage other than a bit in the pinot vines in our parcel of Bourgogne. Otherwise we had an excellent, mostly stress-free growing season with an early bud break, good flowering and a fine fruit set. The summer was very warm and relatively dry which meant we had no disease threats and the fruit rapidly ripened. We began picking on the 3rd of September and brought in generous yields in both colors. Moreover the fruit was clean and ripe with potential alcohols that ranged from 12.5 to 13%. Interestingly, despite the higher yields we obtained very good densities. In fact the maturities were about what we obtained in 2015 though the wines themselves are notably more elegant. I love the style as they’re classic, refreshing, and beautifully transparent. In sum, I think of the 2017 vintage as a very pleasant surprise as it gave us both quality and quantity.” I found the quality of the Fontaine 2017s to be quite good and while there was some variability, overall the performance was impressive. Fontaine also noted that the whites were bottled in August 2018. (JAO Wine Imports, www.jaowineimports.com, VA, Polaner Selections, www.polanerselections.com, NY, Los Angeles Wine Company, www.lawineco.com, CA, all USA; Diva Beaune S.A.S., www.divawine.com, Beaune, France; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Decorum Vintners, www.decvin.com, Bibendum Wine Ltd., www.bibendum-wine.co.uk, Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Private Cellar Ltd., www.privatecellar.co.uk, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Private Cellar Ltd., www.privatecellar.co.uk and Majestic Wine Warehouses, www.majestic.co.uk, all UK).
Tasting note: Once again there is just a touch of exotic fruit character to the jasmine tea, bright citrus, white peach and pretty floral nuances, all of which are trimmed in a hint of oak toast. The rich, round and highly seductive medium-bodied flavors flash evident minerality on the rich but focused finish that exhibits outstanding persistence. This too will need to add depth but it has the stuffing to do so.

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