Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 2015

Domaine Blain-Gagnard was formed in 1980 when Jean-Marc Blain married Claudine Gagnard, youngest daughter of Jacques and Marie-Josèphe Gagnard of Domaine Gagnard-Delagrange. The couple runs this venerable domaine with the help of their son Marc-Antonin. They now control 20.5 acres of vines in Chassagne-Montrachet, including holdings in three grands crus: Le Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet, and Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet.

About the Vineyard

Chassagne-Montrachet lies towards the southern end of the Côte de Beaune and is famous for its white wines, although half of its total plantings are in red. In addition to the Grand Crus, Blain-Gagnard’s holdings in Chassagne-Montrachet include two red premier crus and four white premier crus along with small holdings in Volnay and Pommard. The vineyards are farmed by lutte raisonée (“reasoned struggle”).

Wine Production

Blain-Gagnard produces classic Chassagne-Montrachet from vines planted between 1932 and 2004. The wine is aged in 10-20% new Burgundian pièce.

Tasting Notes

The white wines of Chassagne-Montrachet can resemble those of its neighbor, Puligny. Both are tense with acidity although Chassagne can sometimes be a little softer and broader. Both show crisp apple and citrus flavors, but some Chassagnes surprise with an unexpected red fruit note.

Food Pairing

White Burgundy, with its rich texture and toasted flavors, pairs well with white fish and shellfish, and its naturally high acidity can counterbalance cream-based sauces. Oak-aging lends itself well to grilled fish, starches, butter, and toasted nuts.

Production Info
Vineyard size
3 acres
Total SO2
69
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container
Barrels
Fining agent
Vegan
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
11 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.2 %
Residual sugar
1.5 g/L
Acidity
5.5 g/L
Dry extract
17.7 g/L

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