Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru "Clos St. Jacques", 2018

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Fourrier is selling less and less of his top wines to the U.S. and this very much sought-after bottling is becoming tough to find. One of the essential Burgundies for collectors.

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).

What importer Rosenthal Wine Merchant has to say about this wine...

Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques: Frequently referred to as the best of the 1er Crus in Gevrey, the « Clos Saint Jacques » vineyard produces some of Fourrier’s most exceptional wines year-in and year-out. The Fourrier holdings here extend for .89 hectare and the vines were planted in 1910.