I can´t seem to resist pulling the cork out of Fontaine-Gagnard´s stunning 2008 Chassagne-Montrachet´s. The village wine is yummy but the premier cru´s - La Grande Montagne and La Maltroie is a few notch higher on the quality ladder.
Time now to open not one, but two more premier cru´s!
2008 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets, Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
A young, crispy, fresh nose with a distinctive saltiness to it, but also with lots of candied lemons, butter fried nuts, lavender honey, blood oranges and summer flowers. Very, very fine. It has a wonderful sweet, sour, salty note. Gorgeous, upfront stuff.
The taste is young, pure and intense with notes of dried tropical fruit, lemon cream, matchbox and lots of sweet minerals. A fine acidity. That salty element is also present in the taste, but to a lesser extent. A long, balanced finish. Very young of course but very drinkable all the same. Lovely.
94p (tasted 2012/11)
2008 Chassagne-Montrachet La Romanée, Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
Aaaaah, this is good! More elegant, more profound and with more depth that the previous premier cru´s, this is Grand Cru quality. The nose flows up from the glass with notes of white currants, star fruit, lemon cream, crushed slate, summer flowers and a beautiful perfumed note. Seductive in a very classy style, this is all about finesse and breed.
The taste is pure as a mountain river with gorgeous notes of almost ripe peaches, lemon cream, pine nuts, cold butter, dry fudge and some smoky notes. The finish is over one minute long. This feels younger than its sibling. Needs 3-5 years in the cellar. Stunning wine.
96p (tasted 2012/11)