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Domaine Fourrier is one of the finest estates in Gevrey Chambertin, and they made classic blockbuster wines in 2018. Concentrated with good depth and balance. An estate I follow since their 2005 vintage. Domaine Fourrier started harvest on the reds on the 7th of September with a huge team of 60 staff. Harvest started very early in the morning everyday to keep the grapes cool and fresh. Alcohol range from 12.8-13.5%. pH: 3.4-3.5.

Winemaking Style

100% destemmed with 4 days of cold maceration. Low pigéage. Aged in barrels until February 2020. 10-15% new oak in village and Premier Cru, and 20% new oak in Grand Cru. All barrels from Cadus, low toast.

Tasting Notes

Bourgogne Blanc 2018

From a 0.5ha plot in Chambolle Musigny appellation. No new oak. Harvested on the 6th of September. Ripe citrus fruits with good texture. Simple with expressive tree fruits with a touch of spice. Good richness for a Bourgogne Blanc. (83/100)

Morey Saint Denis Clos Solon 2018

Around 30-37hl/ha. Dark fruited core of dark cherry, smoked earth and glossed spices. Great depth and richness knocking on Premier Cru weight and depth. A really well made village Morey Saint Denis that reminds me of 2005 style. (86/100)

Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2018

From 12 parcels all around Gevrey Chambertin with three different soil type. The Gevrey Chambertin is the most important wine of Domaine Fourrier, accounting for 3ha out of 10ha of their vineyards. Some of the village vines were planted as early as 1928, on average 60 year old vines. This 2018 offers a powerful array of dark fruits and alluring rose petal. Charming. (88/100)

Gevrey Chambertin ‘Aux Echezeaux’ 2018

Fourrier owns a 0.47ha parcel in Aux Echezeaux, a lieu dit located in the southern side of Gevrey Chambertin, next to Morey Saint Denis. Around 10-12 barrels produced in 2018. A fragrant nose of concentrated mixed berries, rose petal, and a hint of spice rack scent. Superb concentration in 2018 with good mineral finish. In-depth 1er Cru qualities with subtle nuances. A slight step up from the wonderful ‘generic’ Gevrey Chambertin. (89/100)

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Gruenchers Vieilles Vignes 2018

In 2018, very few Chambolle Musigny tasted like a textbook Chambolle Musigny, but rather they are concentration and structured, some even over-ripe. This 2018 Chambolle Musigny Les Gruenchers is more Gevrey Chambertin in style than Chambolle Musigny. Rich and bold with dark berries and high pitched smoky earth. Structured with grainy tannins. A masculine Chambolle Musigny. (87/100)

Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cherbaudes Vieilles Vignes 2018

The Cherbaudes is a significant step up from the Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru. Densely packed bouquet of ripe dark berries, juicy cassis and fine gravel-y minerals. Cherbaudes is the expressive Premier Cru of Fourrier though not the most refined, approachable at youth. Good structure with fine phenolic ripeness. (89/100)

Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Goulots 2018

Fourrier is one of the four owners of Goulots. A fragrant nose of refreshing red berries, lifted spices and earthy minerals. More acidity than Cherbaudes with crunchy berries and mild red flowers. Attractive but slightly lighter than Cherbaudes. (89-90/100)

Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Combe Aux Moines 2018

The Combe Aux Moines is the best Fourrier Premier Cru after their flagship Clos Saint Jacques. 17 barrels produced in 2018. A step up in concentration and power compared to the Goulots and Cherbaudes. A gorgeous array of dark berries, fresh rose petals and refined earthy note with mild wood toast. Very attractive. (90-91/100)

Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques 2018

15 barrels produced in 2018. Mildly reductive and slightly reserved today. A dense bouquet of dark berries and concentrated cherries with summer flowers radiating in the background. Very tempered with Grand Cru concentration and structure. Low pitched and seems to be more shy than other wines in the tasting. Needs time. Note: There will be Cuvee Centenaire in 2018. (92/100)

Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru 2018

Only 5 barrels produced. The Griotte Chambertin is a good step up from the Clos Saint Jacques, much more powerful and juicy. Chalky soil, a hint of mulberry which I sometimes notice in Griotte Chambertin. Juicy dark berries and intense fresh fruits, some resemblance to 2015 reds. Great tension and density. (93-94/100)

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