red burgundy

Burgundy (Red)

Pinot Noir, grown on the gentle slopes of the Côte d'Or, produces arguably the greatest red wines of the world. It is here more than in any other region that the skill of the traditional merchant is tested - the grand châteaux of Bordeaux with all their size and fame give way to a plethora of small, mainly family owned, domaines where vineyard, cellar and office work is all undertaken by members of the family, with perhaps a handful of employees at certain times of year. Of course there are big firms too - the famous négociants of Beaune and Nuit St Georges (Bouchard Père et Fils and Faiveley for example) - but here too, the greatest wines come from their own vineyards.

Because of the Napoleonic inheritance laws, the pattern of vineyard ownership is constantly changing as land passes from generation to generation, and many domaines, though only a few hectares in size, may make as many as 15 or 20 different wines, often in miniscule quantities of a barrel or two. The system of labelling can also appear confusing as the wine takes its name from its appellation rather than (as in Bordeaux) from the producer. So although in the small print, the most important piece of information on a bottle of Burgundy is the name of the producer. In part for this reason, and in part because the wine is made from a single grape variety with therefore no possibility of adjusting blends where the strength of one variety can compensate for the weakness of another, the potential for disappointment is greater than is the case in Bordeaux.

When everything falls into place however, a truly great red Burgundy is a wonderful thing.




Domaine Fontaine Gagnard

This outstanding domaine, producing among the very finest white wines of the Côte d’Or, is run by Céline Fontaine with the still very much active involvement of her parents Richard and Laurence – particularly since the birth of her daughter Lison on 2nd July 2014.  Demand for these wines has become enormously strong in recent vintages, and production of the Grands Crus in particular is always very limited. The domaine produces wines of exceptional richness, finesse, and kaleidoscopic mineral complexity. While Fontaine\'s stellar reputation is based primarily on the immense quality of his whites, the domaine also produces very lovely reds, which are not only beautifully pure expressions of Pinot Noir but also very attractively priced.

More information can be found on the domaine\'s website: http://www.domaine-fontaine-gagnard.com/

 
Fontaine\'s Cuverie

Red

 
 
DRINK DATE
UNITS/CASE
IN-BOND
INCL. VAT 
2011 Chassagne Montrachet Rouge, Domaine Fontaine Gagnard
 2014-2020
 12 Bottles
£229.00
£306.00
Deep ruby colour. A really lovely, pure expression of Pinot fruit on the palate. Tremendously good value.  
2012 Chassagne Montrachet Rouge, Domaine Fontaine Gagnard
 2015-2021
 12 Bottles
£229.00
£306.00
Only 15 barrels made instead of the usual 25-30. Packed with lovely peppery fruit character. 
2013 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain, Domaine Fontaine Gagnard
 2015-2020
 12 Bottles
£118.00
£171.00
From a single vineyard abutting the Chassagne appellation, planted half and half Pinot Noir and Gamay. Gorgeous strawberry scents, and lovely ripe red fruit on the palate. Brilliant value.  
2013 Chassagne Montrachet Rouge, Domaine Fontaine Gagnard
 2016-2022
 12 Bottles
£229.00
£306.00
"All but invisible wood allows the super fresh red currant and pomegranate suffused nose that is laced with hints of pepper, earth and spice aromas to shine. The delicious medium weight flavors possess both excellent vibrancy and delineation, all wrapped in a clean, cool, complex and lingering finish. This too is really quite pretty as there is no rusticity and the balance is impeccable. This would make a great choice for an all-around house red. 89" Allen Meadows in Burghound 
2014 Chassagne Montrachet Rouge, Domaine Fontaine Gagnard
 2017-2023
 12 Bottles
£229.00
£306.00
"The 2014 Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge was taken from an older barrel, although readers should be aware that the final blend will have 25% new oak. It has a refined nose, simple but detailed with attractive red cherry and strawberry fruit. The palate is smooth and harmonious with slightly chalky tannin (just like the 2015 Bourgogne Rouge), but it shows commendable fleshiness for a red Chassagne on the finish. Very fine at this level. 87-89" Neal Martin in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #222 
2015 Chassagne Montrachet Rouge, Domaine Fontaine Gagnard
 2018-2024
 12 Bottles
£301.50
£393.00
 
2016 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain, Domaine Fontaine Gagnard
 2018-2023
 12 Bottles
£134.00
£192.00
From a single vineyard abutting the Chassagne appellation, planted half and half Pinot Noir and Gamay. Brilliant value.  
2016 Chassagne Montrachet Rouge, Domaine Fontaine Gagnard
 2019-2025
 12 Bottles
£303.00
£396.00
 
2017 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain, Domaine Fontaine Gagnard
 2019-2024
 12 Bottles
£99.00
£151.20
 
2017 Chassagne Montrachet Rouge, Domaine Fontaine Gagnard
 2020-2026
 12 Bottles
£249.00
£331.20
 

White

 
 
DRINK DATE
UNITS/CASE
IN-BOND
INCL. VAT 
2013 Chassagne Montrachet Blanc 1er Cru Morgeot, Domaine Fontaine Gagnard
 2016-2021
 12 Bottles
£418.00
£531.00
 
2017 Chassagne Montrachet Blanc, Domaine Fontaine Gagnard
 2019-2023
 12 Bottles
£370.50
£477.00
 
2017 Chassagne Montrachet Blanc 1er Cru La Maltroie, Domaine Fontaine Gagnard
 2020-2025
 12 Bottles
£503.00
£636.00
 
2017 Chassagne Montrachet Blanc 1er Cru Morgeot, Domaine Fontaine Gagnard
 2020-2025
 12 Bottles
£503.00
£636.00
 
2017 Chassagne Montrachet Blanc 1er Cru Les Caillerets, Domaine Fontaine Gagnard
 2020-2025
 6 Bottles
£316.50
£396.00
 
2017 Chassagne Montrachet Blanc 1er Cru La Romanée, Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Magnum x 1
 2020-2025
 1 Magnum
£162.00
£200.00
 

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