The Wines of Domaine Fourrier

Domaine Fourrier

Burgundy

With his ascension to winemaker of the important Domaine Fourrier after stints with Domaine Drouhin in Oregon and tutelage from one Henri Jayer, one wouldn't blame Jean-Marie Fourrier for carrying himself with an air of superiority. But that just wouldn't befit a man who works so tirelessly and selflessly, caring for the ancient vines of his father's winery with such passion that he has elevated its name to the top echelon of Burgundy Domaines.

Founded in the 1930s by Fernand Pernot, the estate came to be known as Pernot-Fourrier after Fernand's nephew Jean-Claude Fourrier came into the fold, fully taking control in 1969. The foresight of adding a wealth of vineyard land early on has become the backbone of what exists today, as Fourrier owns vineyards in Gevrey, Chambolle, Morey-Saint-Denis and Vougeot, 10 hectares all told. One of the very first Burgundy Domaines to export to the US, Fourrier had faced a small decline in the 1980s, but Jean-Marie's emergence provided the spark to elevate Fourrier to what we know today.

The 10 hectares owned by the Domaine are finally entirely vinified at the Domaine as of 2007, no longer needing to sell grapes with the new cuverie. From the holdings come 15 different wines sourced from 70 parcels in total.

Viticulture & Vinification

The Domaine Fourrier owns almost exclusively old-vine plots; Jean-Marie's focus is not only vine health, but vine age - any vine short of 30 years of age does not get its fruit added to the Domaine wines, and the overall age averages between 50 and 70 years across all vineyards. These naturally-developed vines are only pruned back in the winter time, allowing them to do their own work without any removal of clusters through the growing season. The yearly quest is simple: he wants the full expression of his vineyards in each bottle.

As with his mentor Jayer, Fourrier performs a 4-5 day cold-soak and de-stems (almost all of) his grapes. He's dogmatic about preserving freshness and flavor in his wines, so no more than 20% new oak is used across all cuvées, and when transporting the grapes, the utmost caution is used to keep the grapes' skins intact. This also allows minimal use of sulfur. The only method of extraction is pigeage, a maximum of 2-4 times per day. Pressing cycles are very gentle, and the juice sent to tank for a 24-hour settling period to remove the heaviest sediment, before being moved via gravity to barrel where it will stay for 12 months on the lees. In the same vein, there is no racking; as Fourrier explains, "We like to keep high levels of carbonic gas which allows minimal use of sulfur - the CO2 acts as a natural protectant which would need to be replaced by sulfur if racked. Also, one of the micro proteins of the dead yeast is glycerol which during the malo-lactic fermentation is suspended into the wine and fixes, giving a lovely fatness and roundness in mouth." The best cuvées are often bottled right from the cask; the remainder will be blended from the multiple barrels into cask for a few months prior to a February bottling, which is done without fining or filtering.

The array of vineyards is impressive, highlighted by perhaps the finest Griotte-Chambertin made today, as well as the famous Clos-St.-Jacques. Jean-Marie has created a micro-negoce label under his own name, where through long-term leases of stellar vineyards he follows the same practices with vineyards outside of his family holdings. The wines are of essentially the very same, high quality.

We consider ourselves incredibly lucky to have a vintage such as 2022 to kick off our partnership with Jean-Marie; he considers 2022 to be similar in some ways to 2019 and 2020 in its balance and ripeness, but unlike the earlier vintages 2022 blessed the vineyards with early rains to give the vines ample nutrients to survive the warm summer months. The harvest was done in early September, and the old vines produced low yields of incredible quality. Early returns are showing wines enjoyable in their youth but with extreme potential.

One of the shining stars today in Gevrey-Chambertin, Fourrier became hotly collectible following the ascension of Jean-Marie in 1994. His vision matched his experiences of working with Domaine Drouhin (Oregon) and with the legendary Henri Jayer, transforming the once-rustic wines of the estate into bottles of unparalleled elegance.

Current Releases

The Wines of Domaine Fourrier

Bourgogne, Blanc

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Bourgogne, Blanc

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Bourgogne, Blanc

ASSEMBLAGE 100% Chardonnay

THE VINEYARD About 1 hectare of vines from 3 plots within Chambolle-Musigny

SOIL Limestone, clay and sand

VINE AGE Planted in 1995

ELEVAGE Fermented & aged in neutral, pre-used casks

Gevrey-Chambertin, Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin, Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin, Vieille Vigne

ASSEMBLAGE 100% Pinot Noir

THE VINEYARD 15 total parcels totaling 1 hectare; sourced from old-vine chalky parcels in Les Champs Perriers in Brochon, Les Crais, Puits de la Baraque, and clay-dense parcels in Jouise and Etelois.

SOIL Limestone-clay

VINE AGE Oldest plantings in 1928; 80+ years of age on average

ELEVAGE 10% new oak

Morey-Saint-Denis, Clos Solon Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Morey-Saint-Denis, Clos Solon Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Morey-Saint-Denis, Clos Solon Vieille Vigne

ASSEMBLAGE 100% Pinot Noir

THE VINEYARD 0.55 hectare parcel running from Les Porroux, near Chambolle, to the bottom of Cheseaux, close to Gevrey.

SOIL Limestone & clay

VINE AGE Planted in 1961

ELEVAGE 15% new oak

Critic Reviews

Vinous

VinousV

91

The 2022 Morey-Saint-Denis Clos Solon has long been one of Jean-Marie Fourrier's strongest cards, and this vintage is no different: the wonderful, quite complex nose offers blackberry, raspberry, sous-bois, and light tobacco scents. Very engaging. The medium-bodied palate is excellent, balanced with fine tannins and a sense of elegance towards the finish, demonstrating very assiduous winemaking. Excellent.

Chambolle-Musigny, Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Chambolle-Musigny, Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Chambolle-Musigny, Vieille Vigne

ASSEMBLAGE 100% Pinot Noir

THE VINEYARD 0.39 hectare parcel

SOIL Limestone, clay and sand.

VINE AGE Planted in 1936

ELEVAGE 10% new oak

Critic Reviews

Vinous

VinousV

88

The 2022 Chambolle-Musigny Village is a little more fulsome than the Gevrey Village, with greater fruit concentration: raspberry and wild strawberry to the fore, all quite sensual. The medium-bodied palate has pliant tannins and a little grainy texture yet finishes with more substance than the Gevrey Village. Enjoy this over the next ten years.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Aux Echezeaux Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin, Aux Echezeaux Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin, Aux Echezeaux Vieille Vigne

ASSEMBLAGE 100% Pinot Noir

THE VINEYARD 0.47 hectare (out of 6 ha) parcel on the Southern side of Gevrey, on the border of Morey-Saint-Denis; positioning results in more refined tannins and delicate structure.

SOIL Limestone-clay

VINE AGE Planted in 1930

ELEVAGE 15% new oak

Critic Reviews

Vinous

VinousV

90

The 2022 Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echézeaux 1er Cru has impressive transparency on the nose, crushed stone infusing red berry fruit, and touches of pressed rose petals. The palate is refined and elegant, a bit (dare I say) in the mold of Rousseau. It is quite linear toward the finish that lingers in the mouth. It just needs a bit more sustain on the finish; otherwise, it's very fine.

Vougeot Premier Cru, Les Petits Vougeots Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Vougeot Premier Cru, Les Petits Vougeots Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Vougeot Premier Cru, Les Petits Vougeots Vieille Vigne

ASSEMBLAGE 100% Pinot Noir

THE VINEYARD 0.34 hectare (out of 4 ha) parcel between Clos Vougeot, Les Amoureuses and Le Musigny. The name derives from La Petits Vouge, a natural mountain spring which is only very active during rainy spells, connecting to the larger spring, La Vouge.

SOIL Hard limestone with thin clay topsoil.

VINE AGE Planted in 1955

ELEVAGE 15% new oak

Critic Reviews

Vinous

VinousV

88

The 2022 Vougeot Petit Vougeot has an attractive iris flower and violet-scented bouquet that unfurls in the glass, with touches of blue fruit developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and smooth in texture. Fresh, if needing a little more grip towards the finish. It's probably early drinking, but it will be thoroughly enjoyable.

Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Les Goulots Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Les Goulots Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Les Goulots Vieille Vigne

ASSEMBLAGE 100% Pinot Noir

THE VINEYARD 0.34 hectare (out of 1.81 ha) parcel adjacent to Champeaux and Combe au Moines. North-East facing, impacted by cool winds and high percentage of chalk. The word Goulots comes from “Goulottes," which is a word for the tiny streams that run under the mountain.

SOIL Limestone-clay

VINE AGE Planted in 1966

ELEVAGE 15% new oak

Critic Reviews

Vinous

VinousV

94

The 2022 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Goulots 1er Cru has a pastille-like bouquet with red cherries, blood orange and potpourri scents - not immediate and complex. The medium-bodied palate has fine grip, chalky tannins, and very good tension with a persistent, mineral-rich finish just oozing class. What an outstanding Gevrey-Chambertin this will become.

Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Champeaux Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Champeaux Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Champeaux Vieille Vigne

ASSEMBLAGE 100% Pinot Noir

THE VINEYARD 0.21 hectare parcel just beside Combe Aux Moines, below Goulots on the slope. “Champ pauvre : Poor field”

SOIL Limestone-clay

VINE AGE Planted in 1919

ELEVAGE 15% new oak

Critic Reviews

Vinous

VinousV

93

The 2022 Gevrey-Chambertin Champeaux 1er Cru has a floral bouquet: wilted rose petals infusing the delineated red fruit, another cuvée with impressive transparency. The medium-bodied palate has fine tannins and a little more weight and grip than the Cherbaudes. The second winter will fill this out sufficiently. Very fine.

Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Cherbaudes Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Cherbaudes Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Cherbaudes Vieille Vigne

ASSEMBLAGE 100% Pinot Noir

THE VINEYARD 0.67 hectare (out of 2.18 ha) parcel between Chapelle-Chambertin and Clos-Prieur.

SOIL Brown soil with grey limestone and some volcanic influence. High plantation density brings bold and velvety texture

VINE AGE Planted in 1940

ELEVAGE 15% new oak

Critic Reviews

Vinous

VinousV

92

The 2022 Gevrey-Chambertin Cherbaudes 1er Cru has an understated bouquet that gradually unfurls in the glass with mainly red fruit, briar and light gravel-like scents. Not powerful, but nicely detailed. The palate is medium-bodied with Morello cherry and crushed strawberry, silky-smooth, with a crisp line of acidity and a piquant finish.

Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru, Les Gruenchers Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru, Les Gruenchers Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru, Les Gruenchers Vieille Vigne

ASSEMBLAGE 100% Pinot Noir

THE VINEYARD 0.29 hectare (out of 3 total hectares) parcel in the Northern part of Chambolle, below Les Fuées & Bonnes-Mares. “Les Gruenchers” was a name in local dialect for a small hard nut shell.

SOIL Stony with jagged limestone fragments

VINE AGE Planted in 1928

ELEVAGE 15% new oak

Critic Reviews

Vinous

VinousV

93

The 2022 Chambolle-Musigny Les Gruenchers 1er Cru has a pastille-like purity on the nose: vibrant red berry fruit, raspberry and cranberry commingle with pressed rose petals and iodine. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant, supple tannins framing the pure, citrus-fresh red fruit laced with orange sorbet. Long and tender on the finish, this very winsome Chambolle is exquisitely crafted.

Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Combe au Moine Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Combe au Moine Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Combe au Moine Vieille Vigne

ASSEMBLAGE 100% Pinot Noir

THE VINEYARD 1 hectare (out of 4.76 ha) parcel adjacent to, but more sheltered than Goulots. Mature vines but producing vibrant minerality.

SOIL Limestone with rocky marl

VINE AGE Planted in 1928

ELEVAGE 15% new oak

Critic Reviews

Vinous

VinousV

91

The 2022 Gevrey-Chambertin Combe Aux Moines 1er Cru is perhaps in the shade of the Goulots at the moment, with touches of graphite seeping through the dark berry fruit and a hint of black tea. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy black and citrus fruit but tightly wound with an orange rind twist towards the finish. It just needs a little more persistence.

Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Clos Saint-Jacques Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Clos Saint-Jacques Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Clos Saint-Jacques Vieille Vigne

ASSEMBLAGE 100% Pinot Noir

THE VINEYARD 0.89 hectare (out of 6 ha) parcel located at the start of the Combe de Lavaux fault with South-East exposure. Many consider the Clos St Jacques to be a Grand Cru, and indeed it nearly did after the 1st World War. Unfortunately at the time it was owned by a royalist, who inconvenienced the judges of the INAO with an unfortunate cigar at the time of classification!

SOIL Very chalky - Limestone with clay-dense marl

VINE AGE Planted in 1910

ELEVAGE 20% new oak

Critic Reviews

Vinous

VinousV

96

The 2022 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1er Cru has a very classy bouquet, as you would expect from this propitious vineyard, though it is understated at first pour, biding its time. It is the most marine-influenced of the Premier Crus, oyster shells infusing the red berry fruit. The medium-bodied palate has finely chiseled tannins, very poised and mineral-driven, pixelated on the long lingering finish. A Clos Saint-Jacques from the very top drawer.

Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru, Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru, Vieille Vigne

2022 Domaine Fourrier, Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru, Vieille Vigne

ASSEMBLAGE 100% Pinot Noir

THE VINEYARD 0.26 hectare (out of 2 ha total) parcel east of the Route des Grands Crus. Griotte comes from the old french word for chalk, “craie” which over time turned into “criotte” and then “griotte”. 3rd smallest Grand Cru (La Romanee & Romanee-Conti).

SOIL Very chalky, thin soils with brownish-red color.

VINE AGE Planted in 1928

ELEVAGE 20% new oak

Critic Reviews

Vinous

VinousV

96

The 2022 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru has a very fine, minerally bouquet that takes time to open in the glass, a mixture of red and black fruit leaning more toward the latter. Sous-bois and hints of crushed violet percolate through with time. The palate is medium-bodied with an intense, beautifully defined entry and layers of black cherries, blueberry and white pepper. It exerts an insistent grip towards the close whilst maintaining freshness from start to finish. Outstanding.

Bourgogne, Blanc

Gevrey-Chambertin, Vieille Vigne

Morey-Saint-Denis, Clos Solon Vieille Vigne

Chambolle-Musigny, Vieille Vigne

Gevrey-Chambertin, Aux Echezeaux Vieille Vigne

Vougeot Premier Cru, Les Petits Vougeots Vieille Vigne

Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Les Goulots Vieille Vigne

Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Champeaux Vieille Vigne

Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Cherbaudes Vieille Vigne

Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru, Les Gruenchers Vieille Vigne

Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Combe au Moine Vieille Vigne

Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Clos Saint-Jacques Vieille Vigne

Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru, Vieille Vigne