Chassagne-Montrachet, Côte-de-Beaune, Bourgogne, France
Distinct wines of refinement and minerality.
The Gagnards have been vignerons for many centuries, the ancestors of the family put their heart and soul into the work they did in the vineyards. Now, founded in 1985, by Laurence Gagnard and Richard Fontaine, the domaine has not stopped growing and today it has 12 hectares of vineyards located mainly in Chassagne-Montrachet, as well as a few plots in Volnay and Pommard. The vineyard is now run by Céline Fontaine and her husband Fred Robert.
Harvesting is manual and they apply sustainable viticulture methods with a strong organic lean. They make the wine using traditional methods: fermentation using indigenous yeast and ageing for 12 to 18 months in oak barrels. Each wine follows the same winemaking process and therefore represents the best characteristics of its terroir. Only the amount of new oak barrels varies: 15-20% for the Village appellations and 30-40% for the Premiers Crus and Grands Crus.