Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne 2009

Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne 2009

170.00

92 points Vinous: “The 2009 Gevrey-Chambertin floats on the palate in its finessed, well-articulated fruit. Subtle and ethereal through to the finish, the wine captures the essence and nobility of Gevrey. With time in the glass the fruit turns darker and the wine puts on weight, showing tons of pedigree and dazzling overall harmony.”

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FOURRIER

Domaine Fourrier has a long history in Gevrey Chambertin, extending over four generations. First founded by Fernand Pernot in the 1930s, the domaine was passed on to his nephew Jean-Claude Fourrier in 1969. In 1992, his son Jean-Marie took over the family’s ten hectare estate at the age of 23 years old. Jean-Marie burst onto the Burgundy scene by combining the traditions of his father and great uncle. His experience gained while working as an intern for Henri Jayer has helped to develop his own clear sense of style - ever since his ascension, the wines of Domaine Fourrier have garnered critical acclaim. Jean-Marie’s winemaking philosophy follows Jayer’s practices - great wines begin in the vineyard, and he is fastidious about maintaining healthy, well nurtured vines, and by following strict, extremely natural wine making techniques.
 
The domaine’s portfolio includes holdings in few of Gevrey Chambertin’s top premier crus, where the impeccably tended vineyards are composed of vines of an average age between 50 and 70 years-old. His most famous holdings are the ones in grand cru Griotte Chambertin (0.25 hectare) and the very best premier cru Clos St. Jacques (0.89 hectare), with vines that were planted between 1902 and 1910. Fourrier’s Combe Aux Moines is a wine of great concentration – his site is recognized as producing some of the best wines in the appellation, and Jean-Marie owns a sizable parcel of 0.87 hectares. In Chambolle Musigny, Fourrier has a tiny piece of the important premier cru vineyard, Les Gruenchers – from vines that were planted in 1928, situated in the mid-section of the appellation, beneath Les Fuees and Les Charmes.
 
The entire portfolio shares similar characteristics: wonderful purity, transparency of terroir, bright vibrant fruit, minimal use of sulfites and limited use of new oak (typically 20%). The wines possess superb balance, elegance, finesse and complexity.