Domaine Fourrier, Vougeot 1er Cru "Les Petits Vougeots", 2018 (1.5L)

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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

Antonio Galloni

AG 90-92
"The 2018 Vougeot Les Petits Vougeot 1er Cru has a pretty, potpourri-tinged red and black cherry bouquet that is very Vosne-like in style. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannins, plenty of raspberry confit and crushed strawberry fruit laced with dark chocolate toward the grippy finish. Lovely texture here, and impressive length. This needs three to five years in bottle." -Neal Martin

Robert Parker

RP 90-92
"The 2018 Vougeot 1er Cru Les Petits Vougeot opens in the glass with aromas of cherries, raspberries and orange rind, framed by a deft touch of creamy new oak. Medium to full-bodied, it's fine-boned, finishing with chalky grip, though it was a little introverted on the palate when I tasted it." -William Kelley


D 94
"It's really a Chambolle-Musigny,' says Jean-Marie Fourrier of this Premier Cru located in a hollow just below the Musigny Grand Cru. East-facing, so a little cooler, it's a site that has produced, a fine, detailed, racy Pinot Noir in 2018, with plenty of colour, sappy bramble and black cherry flavours, fine tannins and a fresh, balanced, tapering finish."

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

Vougeot 1er Cru Les Petits Vougeots: This is the southernmost holding in the Fourrier domaine, a superbly placed vineyard in the village of Vougeot. Fourrier owns .34 hectare and the vines were planted both in 1930 and 1955. The vineyard sits to the immediate north of the prime section of Clos Vougeot and turns into the “Petits Musigny” vineyard of Chambolle.