The Growers > Domaine Fontaine-GagnardA confusing number of Chassagne estates carry the Gagnard name. This branch derives from the Gagnard-Delagrange estate, split between two daughters. One of them, Laurence, married an air force engineer, Richard Fontaine, who made the wine until recently handing over control to his daughter Céline. Both white and red wines here have always had an easy elegance, but the many small refinements introduced by Céline, such as a different oak regime, have taken them to a new level.
Vines in Chassagne compensated for the frost in 2016 – when they produced almost nothing – with generous yields the following year. The commune saw little rain, and ripening slowed in some of the rockier vineyards towards the end of the season. The wines are ripe, bright and refreshing.