Fontaine-Gagnard Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2005

  • 2005 is a ripe and powerful vintage
  • Little known, but incredibly high quality producer
  • Wine of the Night at a UC event in 2015
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  • Allan Meadows
    93 points

Editors notes

Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard takes its name from the marriage of Richard Fontaine to Laurence Gagnard, the daughter of Jacques Gagnard of Domaine Gagnard-Delagrange. Like many estates in Burgundy, Fontaine-Gagnard’s history is inextricably linked with generations of families that have intermarried, divided vineyards and sometimes reunited disparate vineyards and estates into new properties. Laurence inherited part of her father’s estate, which is now the estate she and her husband own and operate. Fontaine-Gagnard has 20 acres mostly in Chassagne-Montrachet with premier cru parcels in Pommard and Volnay. There are also grand cru parcels in Le Montrachet, Batard-Montrachet and Criots-Batard-Montrachet


Critic Scores & reviews

  • Allan Meadows

    "A very subtle hint of wood spice sets off dried rose petal, citrus and peach aromas that precede the rich, structured and intense flavors that are more backward than those of the Criots and seem decidedly primary by comparison and culminate in a driving and distinctly austere finish. I should note though that this is on the awkward side today and my score offers the benefit of the doubt for the admirable track record this wine has achieved over the years, particularly since 2000. 93pts Burghound"

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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.


Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.

There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.


The AOC of Beaune was created in 1936. It covers the wine produced in the commune of Beaune in the Côte de Beaune subregion of Burgundy. The Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) Beaune is used for red and white wine with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay the two main varietals.

Red wine makes up about 85 per cent of the total production, and white less than 15%. here are several well-known and highly regarded Premier Cru vineyards, but there are no Grand Cru vineyards within Beaune. The Beaune appellation has a high proportion of Premier Cru-classified vineyards, more than 40 climats in fact from north to south. Wines from these Premier Cru sites are allowed to be named Beaune Premier Cru.

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