2017 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1393024 95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 from a .30 ha parcel in Chassagne). A deft touch of wood surrounds the aromas of equally restrained and quite floral, lemon zest and subtle spice hints. The ripe and rich large-scaled flavors are relatively fine while delivering a balanced, linear and superbly persistent finish that is notably dry. This too is very much built-to-age but in contrast to the Criots, this is going to need at least a decade of cellaring first. *Don't Miss!*  (6/2019)

95 points Decanter

 The Fontaines' four parcels, totalling 0.4ha, are all in Chassagne and have produced a seductive, comparatively forward grand cru bottling in 2017. Spicy, complex and vanilla scented, it has peach, pear and citrus flavours and impressive weight and texture. Drinking Window 2021 - 2027. (TA)  (12/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Wafting from the glass with a complex bouquet of vine blossom, acacia honey, mandarin oil, ripe pears and hazelnuts, the 2017 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru is full-bodied, unctuous and dense, with a blockier, more foursquare profile than the lavishly expansive Criots, with more depth and concentration too, concluding with a long, mouthwatering finish. This is quintessential Bâtard. (WK)  (1/2019)

93-95 points Vinous

 (the Fontaines' vines are ideally situated on the Chassagne side of Bâtard, not far from the border with Puligny): More reduced and less pristine on the nose than the Criots-Bâtard. Then dense, tactile and very deep on the palate, conveying terrific definition and floral lift for young Bâtard. Like the best of these '17s, this shows a captivating sweet/salty quality. Finishes vibrant, tactile and very long, with outstanding mineral grip. Like the Criots-Bâtard, this wine is carrying a healthy four grams per liter of acidity, notes Céline Fontaine. Its impression of strong dry extract suggests that it has the stuffing to age slowly and gracefully (ST)  (9/2018)

94 points John Gilman

 The 2017 Bâtard-Montrachet chez Fontaine is big, pure and nicely reserved in profile. The nose offers up a very promising blend of pear, apple, a touch of clementine, chalky soil tones, citrus zest and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and rock solid at the core, with classical proportions, fine mineral drive, bright, zesty acids and a very long, youthfully complex and vibrant finish. This is very, very good Bâtard in the making. 2025-2060.  (1/2019)

K&L Notes

95 Points from Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy: "Slightly fuller yellow with a ripe fruit and pleasantly oaky nose. The wine still has more to display but it already shows a lovely suave volume of fruit, without the peach effect of the very ripe examples, though the white fruit is certainly ripe enough." (01/2019)

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- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Chassagne Montrachet

- A long, wandering village in the Côte de Beaune. Fortunately, what the workaday village lacks in charm, the wines more than make up for. Most famous for its white wines, which are lovely and delicate, Chassagne-Montrachet actually produces more red than white wine. It is one of the few places in the Côte D'Or where both red and white wines are produced from Premier Cru vineyards. The Grands Crus are Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet (both shared with the neighboring village of Puligny) and Criots Bâtard Montrachet.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5