Domaine FONTAINE GAGNARD 2013 Class & Tasting

Domaine Fontaine Gagnard is among my favorite white wine specialists in Burgundy. Based in Chassagne Montrachet, the Domaine was founded in 1985 after the wedding of French Air Force officer Richard Fontaine to Laurence Gagnard (daughter of long-time Chassagne vignerons Jacques and Marie-Joseph Gagnard), the Domaine is now run (since 2011) by their daughter Celine who has worked with her father since 2007. There is a passion for the terroir of Chassagne in its many expressions that runs back through the generation in this domaine. With the respectful winemaking of a family that gets “place,” each wine reflects the specificity of its place. Farming is by organic principles and winemaking features indigenous yeast fermentations.
On Monday, October 9th at 7pm, please join me (Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton) at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for this tasting of Fontaine Gagnard’s 2013s. We’ll taste through all twelve available crus including one red and eleven whites with special attention paid to the specificity of place and process of each wine.

The line up:
Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet 2013
Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet 1er cru Caillerets 2013
Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet 1er cru Clos Saint Jean 2013
Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet 1er cru La Boudriotte 2013
Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet 1er cru La Grande Montagne 2013
Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet 1er cru Les Vergers 2013
Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet 1er cru Morgeot 2013
Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet 1er cru Chenevottes 2013
Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet 1er cru La Romanée 2013
Fontaine Gagnard Batard Montrachet 2013
Fontaine Gagnard Le Montrachet 2013
Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet Rouge 2013

Domaine Fontaine Gagnard 2013 will cost $120.00 per person (Cash or Check) or $126.32 regular. The class will meet at 7pm on Monday, October 9, 2017 at l’Alliance Française. To purchase your ticket, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or

L’Alliance Française is the French cultural center in Houston. Located at 427 Lovett Blvd., l’Alliance is on the southeast corner of Lovett and Whitney (one block south of Westheimer and two blocks east of Montrose).

If you buy a ticket and will not be able to attend, please cancel at least 24 hours before the class or you may be charged. Later cancellations will not be charged if we can fill the seat. This is often case as we regularly have waiting lists for these classes.

With 40 years experience in the wine business and 30-plus years experience teaching about wine, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton is one of the top wine authorities as well as the most experienced wine educator in Texas.

Rosé Returns: Commanderie de la BARGEMONE Rosé, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, 2013

Bargemone_Photo_BrandRemember the old TV show Password?
Q. “Rosé.”
A. “Provence.”
Rosé season is here. Well at least the first half of Rosé season is here. In Texas, we have a split season for Rosé just like we have a split season for dove hunting. Our Rosé season runs from about Memorial Day until mid July when it gets stupid-hot and everyone goes either inside or away until mid-late September when the season resumes and runs through Thanksgiving.
When I think of Rosé, the first place I think of is Provence. This Bargemone Rosé is a consistent winner of a Provence Rosé that I have drunk every year for at least the last 20 years. And it just keeps getting better.

Owned by Christian and Marina Garin since 2006, Commanderie de Bargemone is a former Knights Templar barrack originally converted to a fine wine estate by the Bargemone family and later revived and restored by French industrialist (do any little boys grow up saying “I want to be an industrialist?) Jean-Pierre Rozan. It seems that quality has improved with each transition. The current owners have continued the property’s tradition of sustainable farming and good winemaking so the good scores and recommendations just keep on coming. It’s not new and it’s not snazzy and the label is, well, a bit frumpy – but the wine is quite good and that’s all that should really matter.

Commanderie de la BARGEMONE Rosé, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, 2013 ($13.99)Bargemone_Rose_300dpi_Label
Tech: A 12.5% alcohol classic Provence Rosé blended from 30% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 20% Cinsault, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Carignan, and 6% white varietals including Vermentino, Sauvignon Blanc, and Ugni Blanc given a short skin contact before pressing and a 10 day, 57° white-wine-style fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks with no malo-lactic fermentation and no oak exposure.    Sensory: Offers fresh red cherry-berry fruit with notes of citrus and mineral. Lively and refreshing with a crisp balance and fine length. Finishes clean and dry. Excellent with steak tartar or beef carpaccio, rich seafood dishes (Gumbo, Crawfish Étouffée, etc.) and classic with Bouillabasse. Or enjoy it with a summer afternoon picnic. BS: 90.

There is little else that says summer to me like a lovely dry French Rosé.
– Sheri Sauter Morano, MW

As of 2007, sales of Rosé wines surpassed those of white wines within France.
– The Wine Enthusiast