Domaine Fourrier

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits
People: Jean-Marie Fourrier, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Domaine Fourrier 2017 Bourgogne Blanc AOC New! Login WA (87-89) Please inquire
Domaine Fourrier 2017 Gevery-Chambertin 1er Cru, Les Goulots, AOC New! Login WA (91-93) BH 90-93 AG (90-92) Please inquire
Domaine Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Champeaux, AOC New! Login WA (91-93) BH 91-93 AG (91-93) Please inquire
Domaine Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Cherbaudes, AOC New! Login WA (90-92) BH 90-93 AG (91-93) Please inquire
Domaine Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Clos St-Jacques, AOC New! Login WA (93-95) BH 91-94 AG (93-95) Please inquire
Domaine Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Combe Aux Moines, AOC New! Login WA (92-94) BH 91-94 AG (92-94) Please inquire
Domaine Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne AOC New! Login WA (89-91) BH 89-91 AG (90-92) Please inquire
Domaine Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin, Aux Echezeaux, AOC New! Login WA (88-90) BH 89-91 AG (89-91) Please inquire
Domaine Fourrier 2017 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC New! Login WA (93-95) BH 93-95 AG (92-94) Please inquire
Domaine Fourrier 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis, Clos Solon, AOC New! Login WA (88-90) BH 87-90 Please inquire
Domaine Fourrier 2017 Vougeot 1er Cru, Les Petits Vougeot, AOC New! Login WA (89-91) BH 89-92 AG (88-90) Please inquire

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I'll Drink to That!: Episode 76: Jean-Marie Fourrier

Success stories have abounded in Burgundy in recent years, but few have been more important than the resurrection of Domaine Fourrier. Owner of 60-to-100-year-old vines in some of Gevrey-Chambertin's most fabled sites, it was not until Jean-Marie Fourrier took charge in 1994 that Domaine Fourrier once again fulfilled its towering potential—making it today one of the Côte d’Or’s greatest sources for wines that purely express site, aromatic complexity and intensity.

The Domaine Fourrier (previously known as Pernot-Fourrier) has a long history in Gevrey-Chambertin extending over four generations. Fernand Pernot founded the estate during the 1930s and 1940s. Unmarried and childless, he enlisted the aid of his nephew, Jean-Claude Fourrier, who then took the reins of the domaine in 1969. One of the first domains to actually export its wine to the USA, it is also one of the most well endowed estates in the village with holdings throughout the most heralded appellations. Having weathered a period of eclipse through the latter part of the 1980s, the domain was re-energized in 1994 upon the arrival of Jean-Marie Fourrier, son of Jean-Claude.

Jean-Marie burst on the Burgundian scene by wisely combining the traditions of his father and uncle (using, for example, vines of a minimum 30 years of age for the estate bottlings), his experience gained while working with Henri Jayer and the Domaine Drouhin (in Oregon), and his own clear sense of style. Ever since his ascension, the wines of Domaine Fourrier have garnered critical acclaim. He now works the domaine with the assistance of his sister, Isabelle, and his wife, Vicki.

Domaine Fourrier owns 9 hectares of vineyards spread amongst the communes of Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-St.-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny and Vougeot. The holdings are scattered up and down the slopes and range from village to Grand Cru level. Included among the holdings are important parts of Clos St. Jacques and Combes Aux Moines as well as a small but valuable slice of Griottes Chambertin. The impeccably tended vineyards are composed of vines of an average age between 50 and 70 years old. "Until a vineyard develops a root system, it doesn't develop flavor," says Jean-Marie. Thus, wines made from any vines less than 30 years old are sold to négociants rather than being bottled at the domaine. Sélection massale (use of cuttings from their own vines) is the only method used to replace missing or failing vines. Commercial clones specifically selected for disease resistance or high yield have no place here.

Respect for terroir is a paramount principle. Chemical fertilizers are not used and treatments to combat fungus and insects are applied only when absolutely necessary. Jean Marie does not blindly follow the theory that lower yields automatically equate with higher quality. To control production, he severely prunes his vines in the winter, but does not, as a rule, practice green harvesting, preferring to rely on a process of de-budding. Achieving natural balance between yield and vine growth as a function of each season's growing conditions is Fourrier's key objective. The pickers are instructed to eliminate any unsound grapes in the vineyard before the bunches go into the baskets. In this way, the grapes going into the tanks are completely uncontaminated, yielding clean lees, which allows for an extensive aging on the lees without racking.

Working with Mother Nature, intervening as little as possible in order to allow the vines, the terroir and the vintage to reveal themselves, is the basis of Jean Marie's winemaking philosophy. To capture the individual, unique expression of terroir in his wines, he vinifies each vineyard separately, not only the premier and grand crus. A cold soak of 3 to 4 days prior to fermentation allows gentle extraction of color and aromatic phenols. Fourrier avoids the use of sulfur dioxide in his wines, preferring to use temperature, CO2 and lees contact to preserve them. No more than 20% new oak is used in order to preserve the purity of the fruit and the personality of each wine. "Oak is for slow breathing of the wine, not for taste," Jean-Marie Fourrier emphasizes. Additionally, older barrels exchange gases much more slowly, thereby naturally protecting the wine against oxidation. The malolactic fermentation is allowed to proceed at its own rate. Jean-Marie believes that the longer the malolactic takes to finish, the greater the aging potential of the wine. He likes to leave the wines on the fine lees until bottling which usually occurs 18 to 20 months after harvest. He bottles, in some cases straight from the cask, without fining or filtering the wines, preferring to allow the dissolved CO2 to remain in the wine as protection rather than risk the addition of SO2 in deference to "modern market requirements." What ends up in the glass is a pure expression of terroir with as little interference as possible by the winemaker. Domaine Fourrier's wines possess superb balance, enchanting elegance, finesse and complexity.

Reviews

  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Bourgogne Blanc AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (87-89) (1/4/2019)

    Produced from a parcel of 35-year-old vines in the village of Gilly, the 2017 Bourgogne Blanc offers up attractive aromas of green apple, pastry cream and lemon zest, followed by a medium to full-bodied, supple but incisive palate, with ripe fruit flavors underpinned by tangy acids. It's a lovely Bourgogne Blanc.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Champeaux, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (91-93) (1/4/2019)

    The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champeaux is superb, offering up attractive aromas of cassis, cherries, raspberries, potpourri and spices, followed by a medium to full-bodied, satiny and succulent palate with excellent depth and length. It's a charming, flavorful wine that will deliver immense pleasure over a broad drinking window.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Cherbaudes, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (90-92) (1/4/2019)

    Satiny and seductive, the 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Cherbaudes displays a pretty nose of ripe cherries, cassis, dried flowers and dark chocolate. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and lavish on the attack, with satiny tannins, succulent acids and a generous core of fruit, concluding with good persistence on the finish. It's an immensely charming Cherbaudes that will be difficult to resist.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Clos St-Jacques, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (93-95) (1/4/2019)

    The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques is irresistible, offering up a deep and complex bouquet in which notes of red berries, cassis and forest floor mingle with nuances of cedar wood, grilled meat and smoke. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, beautifully complete and multidimensional, with extraordinarily satiny, supple tannins, juicy acids and a long, lingering finish. This may not prove to be the longest-lived Clos Saint-Jacques Jean-Marie has produced in his career, but in terms of sheer charm and sensory appeal it will be impossible to fault. Fifteen barrels were produced.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Combe Aux Moines, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (92-94) (1/4/2019)

    The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Combe Aux Moines is very promising indeed, unfurling in the glass with notes of cherry, cassis, dried rose petal, loamy forest floor and a very subtle touch of new wood. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, broad-shouldered and deep, with fine-grained but youthfully chewy tannins and juicy acids. After the Clos Saint-Jacques, this is the most serious and multidimensional of Fourrier's Gevrey-Chambertin premiers crus, and it will demand a few years of bottle age.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevery-Chambertin 1er Cru, Les Goulots, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (91-93) (1/4/2019)

    Aromas of sweet cherries, currant leaf, candied peel, rose petal and strawberries—subtly framed by a delicate touch of wood—introduce the 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Goulots, a medium to full-bodied, tangy wine with fine, chalky tannins and a more tensile, distinctively mineral profile. Fourrier notes that this premier cru was dynamited in the 1950s to prepare it for planting.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin, Aux Echezeaux, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (88-90) (1/4/2019)

    From the southern side of Gevrey-Chambertin, the 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echézeaux reveals aromas of cassis, wild plums, dark chocolate, loamy soils and warm spices. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, supple and nicely balanced, with fine, powdery structuring tannins and juicy acids.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (89-91) (1/4/2019)

    From the north side of the appellation, the 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes exhibits aromas of cassis, dark chocolate and grilled game bird, followed by a medium to full-bodied palate, its structuring tannins entirely concealed behind a deep core of fruit that's both more concentrated and seemingly more tangy than that found in the Aux Echézeaux this year.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (93-95) (1/4/2019)

    The 2017 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru was also showing extremely well, wafting from the glass with an alluring bouquet of candied peel, red cherries, dried flowers and coniferous forest floor. On the palate, it's full-bodied, satiny and sensual, with a deep, layered core of succulent fruit and a graceful, elegant profile.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis, Clos Solon, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (88-90) (1/4/2019)

    Fourrier's 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis Clos Solon wafts from the glass with aromas of plums, dark chocolate and candied peel, followed by a medium to full-bodied, supple and succulent palate that's open-knit and giving but nicely concentrated. It will offer a broad drinking window.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Vougeot 1er Cru, Les Petits Vougeot, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (89-91) (1/4/2019)

    This cuvée is generally an elegant, red-fruited wine that nods to Chambolle, but—at least on this particular day—the 2017 Vougeot 1er Cru Les Petits Vougeot displays a surprisingly brooding bouquet of plums, cassis and smoked duck. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and tangy, with a good core of fruit and an attractively stony finish.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 93-95 (1/10/2019)

    A cool, airy and strikingly well-layered nose is comprised by liqueur-like aromas of essence of red and dark currant, plum, rose petal and earth wisps. There is equally good depth to the moderately dense flavors that possess a wonderfully beguiling texture before terminating a well-balanced, youthfully austere and sneaky long finish. This is quite firm and tightly wound and is clearly a wine built for the longer-term.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Clos St-Jacques, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 91-94 (1/10/2019)

    A more elegant and spicier nose consists of red and dark currant aromas laced with a plenitude of spice and floral whiffs. The super-sleek, intense and gorgeously textured medium weight flavors that are penetratingly mineral-driven display excellent depth and persistence. With all of those attributes duly noted, at this stage at least this is not necessarily more interesting than the Combe aux Moines though that of course could well change by the time these both arrive at their full maturities.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Combe Aux Moines, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 91-94 (1/10/2019)

    A brooding nose consists of essence of plum and black cherry scents that are cut with notes of warm earth and the sauvage. The rich, medium-bodied and reasonably concentrated flavors possess good power and muscle on the mouth coating and serious finale. This well made and youthfully austere effort will need at least 5 to 7 years first and potentially reward up to 15.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Champeaux, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 91-93 (1/10/2019)

    Reduction presently undermines the purity of the nose. Otherwise, the sleek, intense and beautifully vibrant medium weight flavors exhibit plenty of minerality on the balanced and impressively persistent if youthfully austere finish. This lovely effort is very Champeaux in character and the dense but fine supporting tannins are quite sophisticated. Good stuff.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevery-Chambertin 1er Cru, Les Goulots, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 90-93 (1/10/2019)

    An exceptionally pretty and fresh nose blends notes of red currant, earth, floral and a shading of the sauvage. Consistent with the nose, there is fine freshness and verve to the intense and relatively finely detailed flavors that are also on the lighter side though there is fine authority to the tightly wound, saline and focused finale. This too will need at least a few years to flesh out and add a bit more depth.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Cherbaudes, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 90-93 (1/10/2019)

    Once again there is a lovely coolness and restraint to the quite pure aromas of gently earthy red and dark currant scents. The vibrant and beautifully textured medium-bodied flavors possess a caressing and rich mouthfeel though the solidly long and complex finish progressively tightens up as it sits on the palate. This should be approachable young but amply reward mid-term cellaring.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin, Aux Echezeaux, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 89-91 (1/10/2019)

    Once again there is a highly attractive freshness to the softly spicy if distinctly earthy nose that features mostly notes of dark currant and forest floor. There is good underlying tension to the well-detailed medium weight flavors that are shaped by relatively fine-grained tannins on the chiseled and sneaky long finish. This is a very good Gevrey villages and worth your interest.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 89-91 (1/10/2019)

    An elegant, airy and exceptionally fresh nose combines notes of cassis, black cherry, humus-inflected earth and a whiff of the sauvage. The medium weight flavors are at once tighter and more powerful if less refined, all wrapped in a youthfully austere, serious and impressively persistent finish. At least some patience will be required and this too is worthy of your interest.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Vougeot 1er Cru, Les Petits Vougeot, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 89-92 (1/10/2019)

    A high-toned nose is also airy and pure with its mostly red berry fruit nose that reflects plenty of floral influence. The lilting, energetic and refined barely middle weight flavors exude a subtle minerality on the lingering and balanced finish. I like the sense of finesse but this is noticeably lighter.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis, Clos Solon, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 87-90 (1/10/2019)

    A pretty, fresh and airy nose is composed primarily of red currant along with background nuances of spice and earth. There is both excellent drive and delineation to the succulent middle weight flavors that conclude in a lingering finish where a hint of bitter cherry pit emerges. This isn't especially complex but it is highly refreshing and a wine that will be hard to resist young.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Clos St-Jacques, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (93-95) (1/15/2019)

    The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1er Cru has a finely chiseled, precise bouquet with perfumed red cherry and crushed strawberry scents loaded with minerals. This is one of the most transparent Clos Saint-Jacques that I have tasted from Fourrier. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe tannins on the entry. This is very focused, maybe a little leaner than the 2015 (recently tasted) but with a scintillating finish of white pepper-tinged red fruit that lingers in the mouth for 45 seconds. Superb.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Combe Aux Moines, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (92-94) (1/15/2019)

    The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Combe Aux Moines 1er Cru is tasted from the regular blend matured in oak, although readers should note that Fourrier is trialing some of this cuvée aged in amphora that may or may not be added. It has an attractive bouquet with vivacious Morello cherries, wild strawberry and orange rind aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe fruit, quite spicy with white pepper and touches of sage and oregano livening up the finish.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (92-94) (1/15/2019)

    The 2017 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru is complex and quite cerebral on the nose: boysenberry, fig, crushed strawberry and touches of graphite are all beautifully defined and unfurling with every swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit. This feels grippy and dense. Veins of liquorice and fig appear towards the finish that fans out with confidence. Very impressive but just maybe...the Clos Saint-Jacques has the upper hand this year?
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Cherbaudes, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (91-93) (1/15/2019)

    The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Cherbaudes 1er Cru already has a cohesive, quite intense bouquet with violet petals that infuse the blueberry and black cherry fruit, just a hint of vanilla from the wood that will be assimilated by the time of bottling. The palate is medium-bodied with a sorbet-like freshness. There is plenty of blood orange towards the structured finish that feels precise and mineral-driven. Excellent.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Champeaux, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (91-93) (1/15/2019)

    They 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Champeaux 1er Cru has an elegant and refined bouquet with pretty red cherries, raspberry preserve and rose petals scents - one of the most charming from Fourrier this year. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit, quite tensile from the start and there is a spicy undercurrent that becomes more noticeable towards the finish. There is fine tension and energy here, with a potent peppery aftertaste. Good potential.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevery-Chambertin 1er Cru, Les Goulots, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (90-92) (1/15/2019)

    The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Goulots 1er Cru has a perfumed bouquet with scents of kirsch, Morello cherries, orange blossom and light cassis aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe black cherry and boysenberry fruit, quite firm in terms of grip with a little rigidity on the finish that should mellow by the time this is bottled. I like the energy here, but it will probably require four or five years in bottle.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (90-92) (1/15/2019)

    The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes comes from 60-year old vines, 80-years in Champ Perrière (the minimum 40 years old). It has a clean, precise and very focused bouquet that gains intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins, plenty of tart red fruit laced with cedar and graphite, leading to a pointed finish that feels persistent and classic in style. Excellent.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin, Aux Echezeaux, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (89-91) (1/15/2019)

    The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echézeaux has a gorgeous bouquet with red cherry and cranberry fruit mixed with subtle sous-bois notes, becoming more floral with continued aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit on the entry, a light marine influence emerging to the finish that needs a little more cohesion. That should come with bottle age.
  • Dom. Fourrier 2017 Vougeot 1er Cru, Les Petits Vougeot, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (88-90) (1/15/2019)

    The 2017 Vougeot Les Petits Vougeot 1er Cru has an odd fish oil tincture on the nose, a trait I actually quite like but it comes across a little strong at the moment in barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine line of acidity, fleshy and generous with quite a smooth finish where that "fishy" trait ebbs into the background. I suspect that will disappear by the time this is bottled.