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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot 2016


"The 2016 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeots has a well-defined bouquet with honeysuckle and candle wax aromas, good complexity but it will need more time. The palate is fresh on the entry with a fine bead of acidity, quite saline in the mouth with good depth. It might need to develop a tad more tension on the finish but it is a fine Chassagne that should give a decade's worth of pleasure." - The Wine Advocate

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Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Subregion: Côte De Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet
Vintage: 2016
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
ABV: 13.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Mature and evolved
Drink With: Pheasant with a Calvados cream sauce

Morgeot, which lies mid-slope with a south-easterly exposure, is a perfect example of the Chassagne-Montrachet style. Morgeot lies on the border between the Côte d'Or and Saone-et-Loire regions, and it was actually the boundary in the Gallo-Roman period. At this time the plot of land was called Morga (from the Latin "Margo" which means edge or border) from which today's name Morgeot is derived.

The Abbey of Morgeot dates back to year 864, but around 1150 the Cistercian monks benefited from numerous donations and built a communal farm, vineyard and chapel in the vicinity. Although the Morgeot soil is composed of heavy red clay and limestone and usually produces wines of robust and rich characters, the Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot is rather more citrussy than many.