Domaine Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin "Les Goulots" 1er Cru 2011 (Burgundy, France) - [AG 92-94] [BH 90-92]

Domaine Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin "Les Goulots" 1er Cru 2011
(Burgundy, France) - [AG 92-94] [BH 90-92]


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About the Winemaker:

Domaine Fourrier is a well-regarded wine producer based in Gevrey-Chambertin, in Burgundy's northern Côte de Nuits subregion. Its wines, mostly made from Pinot Noir, are highly sought-after and known for their silky finesse. Fourrier is perhaps best known for its wine from the famed Clos Saint-Jacques Premier Cru vineyard.

The domaine's vineyard holdings total just under nine hectares (22 acres), located predominantly in Gevrey-Chambertin. These include parcels in seven different Gevrey-Chambertin premier cru sites, and a small 0.26-hectare (0.64-acre) plot in the Griottes-Chambertin Grand Cru vineyard.

As well as the well-known premiers crus (including Clos Saint-Jacques and Combe aux Moine), Fourrier also runs over three hectares (eight acres) of village-level Gevrey-Chambertin.

The wider estate also boasts two plots in Chambolle-Musigny (in the Premier Cru Les Gruenchers and a site in village-level Chambolle), the Premier Cru Clos Sorbe in Morey-Saint-Denis, and the Les Petits Vougeots Premier Cru. Only fruit from vines older than 30 years old are used to make Domaine Fourrier wines.

Jean-Marie Fourrier took over his family estate in 1994, aged just 23. He worked with the legendary Henri Jayer in Vosne-Romanee in the late 1980s. The latter's influence is reflected in the domaine's fastidious approach in the vineyard and minimal intervention in the winery.

Following in the manner of Henri Jayer, grapes are destemmed very carefully and are not crushed before fermentation, limiting extraction of color and tannins from the skin. Natural yeasts are used and punch-downs are done by hand.

Fourrier's wines are aged for around 16-20 months, usually with just a small portion of new oak, and the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Ratings and Reviews:

92-94 Points - Vinous:
"The 2011 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Goulots stands out for its aromatic lift and pure expressiveness. The Goulots blossoms in all directions, with layers of bright, intensely perfumed fruit and compelling overall balance. Seamless and beautiful, the 2011 impresses for its exceptional overall harmony. The cool site on the top of the slope complements some of the more overt qualities of the year. Sweet dark cherries, mint and cloves flow through to the inviting finish." - Antonio Galloni (Mar 2014)

90-92 Points - Allen Meadows' Burghound:
"This is also exceptionally fresh and expressive with an aromatic profile of upper range red berry fruit, wet stone and a hint of underbrush. There is excellent refinement to the moderate firm tannic spine that gives shape to the intense and sappy medium-bodied flavors that exude a natural sweetness on the agreeably dry and clean finish. Good stuff." - (Jan 14, 2013)