2005 Fourrier - Griotte-Chambertin (Vieille Vigne) 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Nuits - Gevrey Chambertin | Grand Cru/ Red / Pinot Noir   |     Watch

BH 95   IWC 94+   WA 93-94   JR 17.5  
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Burghound | Rating: 95

This is every bit as elegant as the Clos St. Jacques but even deeper and broader with incredibly complex and ultra refined red berry, especially raspberry and cherry, fruit aromas that are also classy and relatively cool given how ripe the nose is. The balanced, refined and mouth coating flavors possess superb vitality and serious depth plus the transparency and harmony of expression is nothing short of remarkable. Buy it if you can find it.

Drink Dates: 2017+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 29

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94+

($250) Good deep red. More reticent on the nose than the Clos Saint-Jacques, as with the same wines in 2006: blueberry, black raspberry and musky animal nuances. Silky in texture but currently showing much less sweetness than the Clos Saint-Jacques. In fact, this is downright inscrutable today. Amazingly, my recorked bottle was still full of life eight days later, showing sweet tannins and a redder quality to its fruit. This one will need a good decade in the cellar.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 137

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93-94

Each of the Clos St.-Jacques's five owners, Fourrier observes, owns a strip from top to bottom, and the resultant diversity of microclimate and soil structure he thinks in part accounts for the complexity and balance of the wines. If there is additional virtue to be discovered in official grand cru terroir, Fourrier opines, then in the case of his 2005 Griottes Chambertin, that consists not in weight or structure but in elegance and refinement. Subtly chalky (and chalk shards, not cherries, are the real origin of the name "Griotte") yet juicily refreshing and with striking fresh black raspberry fruit purity, this beauty boasts a silky texture and a polished finish mingling licorice, cinnamon and clear, sweet fresh raspberry fruit. Its harmony and refinement make it almost irresistible even now, but no doubt a decade or more in the cellar will be rewarded, too.

Author: David Schildknecht
Issue: 170

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

Jean-Marie Fourrier can never decide whether to serve this before or after the Clos St-Jacques. This plot is on calcareous soil in the south of the village. Rather hidden nose at present with a chalky, textured chew on the finish. This seems a bit light after the Clos St-Jacques.

Drink Dates: 2012-2030
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Average rating: 93, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

175 bottles owned by 52 collectors.

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About This Producer

Domaine Fourrier (previously known as Pernot-Fourrier) has a history in Gevrey Chambertin extending back over four generations. One of the first domaines to directly export its wine to the USA, it is also one of the most wealthy estates in the village, with holdings throughout the area's most famous appellations.

The Domaine owns 9 hectares of vineyards in the communes of Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-St.-Denis and Chambolle-Musigny, ranging from village to Grand Cru level. Chemical fertilizers are not used and treatments to combat fungus and insects are applied only when absolutely necessary on the vines, which average between 50-70 years old. Achieving natural balance between yield and vine growth as a function of each season's growing conditions is Fourrier's key objective.

Of note, Fourrier's labels often use the anachronistic and somewhat unusual labeling of "Vieille Vigne" (in the singular form) as opposed to the more common plural.

Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir

Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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