Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne Vergers 1er Cru
|Bottle sizes:||750 ML|
|Vineyard:||Planted in 1972; average vine age of 40 years old. Located immediately north of Chassagne-Montrachet village on the middle slopes of the Cote d'Or.|
|Soil:||Gravelly, red, shallow soil. Rich in iron|
|Vinification:||Traditional fermentation in barrel|
|Aging:||12 months in barrel (appx. 30% new)|
The 2013 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru les Vergers has a very generous, almost tropical-tinged bouquet: guava, dried mango, hints of grilled almond and brioche soaring from the glass. The palate is rounded in the mouth with notes of orange sorbet and peach. Fortunately, any blowsiness is avoided with a keen thread of acidity that keeps this lovely Les Vergers focused and tensile. This is worth seeking out.
Here too there is a hint of matchstick on the smoke-suffused nose that is comprised primarily by notes of lemon rind, rose petal, petrol and a hint of resin. There is outstanding richness to the fullbodied and generous proportioned flavors that possess admirably good mid-palate concentration before terminating in a powerful, textured, complex and impressively long finale. This is excellent and worth a look. 92/2020+
The Fontaine family’s Vergers has turned out beautifully in the 2013 vintage, as the wine offers up a bright and very classic bouquet of pear, apple, lemon, complex, chalky soil tones, citrus zest and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and nicely reserved in personality, with a rock solid core, outstanding soil signature, fine cut and nascent complexity and a very long, racy and perfectly focused finish. This is a dynamite bottle of Chassagne premier cru! 2018-2035+. 93. 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet “Chenevottes”- Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard The 2013 Chenevottes from the domaine is also outstanding, but cut from a more forward and succulent cloth than the excellent Vergers in this vintage. The gorgeous nose delivers a constellation of apple, pear, tangerine, lovely soil tones, spring flowers and vanillin oak. On the 188 palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and a bit more reserved than on the nose, with a fine core, bright, vibrant acids, excellent focus and balance and a very long, pure and nicely soildriven finish. This is just a quintessential example of young Chenevottes that will drink beautiful at a fairly young age, but is so beautifully balanced that it will have no problems in aging for a long time as well. 2016-2035+.