Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets 2009

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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets 2009 has a youthful nose with a touch of oak. Flowery, minerally, balanced and attractive; medium to full bodied; long, positive and stylish. This has great depth and finesse. A yardstick example.

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Subregion: Côte De Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet
Vintage: 2009
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
ABV: 13.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Ripe but minerally
Drink With: Plateau de fruits de mer

Les Caillerets is one of Chassagne-Montrachet's largest premiers crus. It is also widely recognised as the best. Les Caillerets covers an area of 10.68ha, and lies at an altitude of between 250 and 280 metres above sea level immediately to the south of Chassagne itself.

The soil of Les Caillerets is predominantly stoney and shallow. Up at the top of the slope there are outcrops of bare rock and the soil is mainly white marl. This will give the wine weight. Lower down, there is more calcareous surface soil, producing a wine of steely elegance. A blend of the two makes the best wine.

Les Caillerets requires a year or two more than most of the other premiers crus to come round, but then, as one might expect, it will hold up longer. Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard's bottling is no exception. The most successful vintages are not at their apogee until they are eight years old and are still more than satisfactory at age 12 or even 15.

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