Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Goulots", 2018

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Domaine Fourrier

Fourrier is a sensation for some obvious reasons and for one slightly less obvious reason. Obvious reasons include: great holdings in the famous village of Gevrey Chambertin, old vines, great farming, and great wine-making.

The less obvious reason is style. Jean-Marie Fourrier, after he took over his family's domaine, adopted a style that speaks with precision to what the current generation of Burgundy drinkers wants in a bottle of wine. They no longer want oak flavors. They no longer want heavy extraction. They don't want lots of sulphur and reduction (at least in their red wines), and they didn't want to wait 10 years before drinking.

Instead, we want purity and transparency. We want direct access into the beautiful terroir of the Cote d'Or. To this end, Fourrier dialed back the new oak and extraction, putting him in line with other current-generation stars like Mugnier and Roumier. He eschews sulphur additions and instead allows a little bit of residual carbonation to stay in the wine to act as a preservative (so he recommends always decanting a young bottle of Fourrer).

Professional Reviews


BH 89-92
"This is quite floral in character with cool wild red berries and whiffs of the sauvage and forest floor. There is once again good energy to the delicious intense and well-detailed medium weight flavors that exude evident minerality on the youthfully austere refreshing and better balanced finale."

Antonio Galloni

AG 90-92
"The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Goulots 1er Cru has a very ripe bouquet that flirts with sur-maturité; hints of dates and fig can be glimpsed among the blue and red fruit. I would like to see more composure here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins fleshy and ripe a little heady in style but retaining decent balance and freshness toward the finish. Not bad although I have tasted better vintages in the past."

Robert Parker

RP 92-94
"The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Goulots has turned out very well unfurling in the glass with a lifted bouquet of sweet red berries peonies orange rind and rose petals. Medium to full-bodied satiny and elegant with a lively spine of acidity and a mineral finish this is well worth seeking out and it's one of the most classically proportioned of Fourrier's 2018s. Les Goulots is a steep east-facing premier cru and the domaine's parcel is shaded by the tree line."