Fontaine-Gagnard Batard-Montrachet GC
|Bottle sizes:||750 ML|
|Vineyard:||Vines range from 30-80 years old, straddling the boundary of Puligny and Chassagne. Batard is one of five Grand Crus on the Montrachet hill, bordering the Grand Cru vineyard of Montrachet in the west and Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet in the south. The AOC was created in 1937.|
|Orientation:||1 parcel east-facing and 1 parcel south/southeast-facing.|
|Soil:||Brown clay-limestone with silt.|
|Vinification:||Traditional fermentation in barrel|
|Aging:||12 months in barrel (appx. 30% new)|
Moderately firm reduction presently dominates the underlying fruit. Otherwise, the succulent yet powerful flavors possess imposing size, weight and punch while also concluding in a robust, mouth coating and firmly structured finish. Like the Criots this is absolutely going to require at least mid-term cellaring but it should be well worth the wait.
Pale, bright yellow. Ripe peach, menthol and spice aromas suggest a powerful wine. Concentrated, broad, smooth and sweet, with an element of gingery spice and firm acidity giving shape to the very ripe, savory peach and pineapple flavors and leavening the impression of early sucrosité. At once less fruity, less minerally and less refined than the Caillerets but still offers lovely shape and restraint for its substantial volume. Finishes smooth and long, with distinct salinity. I'd like to come back to this wine in three or four years, when it has absorbed some of its baby fat.