2013 Marsannay Rouge, Clos du Roy, Domaine Jean Fournier

2013 Marsannay Rouge, Clos du Roy, Domaine Jean Fournier

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2013 Marsannay Rouge, Clos du Roy, Domaine Jean Fournier


We nearly described this as Premier Cru, but that would be a little in advance of its time. Clos du Roy is a top candidate though, with a fine, bright purple colour and lots of energy, from a low yield in 2013. Very attractive perfumed pinot nose with some dark cherries and a little touch of oak in support. Overall it is harmonious, long and exciting.
Jasper Morris, MW - Wine Buyer

Laurent reports a difficult start to the season, with mildew pressure, while the flowering went better in the late sectors than the earlier ones. A good, healthy crop though, so Laurent was able to use some whole bunch fermentation. Rich fruit but high acidity is the hallmark of the year, he thinks. The harvest began with Clos du Chapitre on 4th October and finished by the 12th.

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Wine Advocate90-92/100
Wine Advocate90-92/100
The 2013 Marsannay Clos du Roi includes around 45% whole-bunch fruit. The quality of this terroir really shines through on the nose: blackberries, wild strawberry, limestone and a light marine influence. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, quite firm tannin with a masculine but very focused finish that will surely flesh out by the time of bottling. Look out for this - one of Jean Fournier's best 2013s in the making.
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About this WINE

Domaine Jean Fournier

Domaine Jean Fournier

Laurent Fournier has achieved a lot since taking charge of the domaine established by his father, Jean, in the 1960s.

In 2011, he was voted the Côte de Nuits’ young vigneron of the year; he has since dedicated much of his considerable energy campaigning to establish Premiers Crus in Marsannay, which is home to a number of his single-vineyard reds.

The domaine is currently undergoing reconversion to organic certification. Laurent ploughs his vineyards by horse.

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Marsannay is the northern most wine village in the Côte de Nuits in Burgundy. Formerly known only for its rosé wine, Marsannay now has the appellation controlée for all three wine colours, though the white (Chardonnay) is rare. Vineyards now have to compete with the encroaching urban sprawl of Dijon.

  • 312 hectares of village Marsannay red and a further 200 ha for Marsannay Rosé (Pinot Noir).
    Marsannay is the only village-level appellation which may produce rosé wines, under the description Marsannay Rosé.
  • The AOC regulations allow up to 15 per cent total of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris as supplementary grapes in the red wines. For white wines, both Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc are allowed, but the common practice is 100% Chardonnay.

Recommended ProducersMaison Camille Giroud  Domaine Jean Fournier  Domaine de Montille

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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