2018 Bourgogne Rouge, Le Chapitre, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Jean Fournier

2018 Bourgogne Rouge, Le Chapitre, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Jean Fournier

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2018 Bourgogne Rouge, Le Chapitre, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Jean Fournier

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This parcel, whose warmth is tempered by its pale limestone soil, will lie within the extended Marsannay appellation from 2019. For now, it remains a deluxe Bourgogne Rouge, with impressive concentration and age-worthiness. Floral and peppery notes on the nose segue into a palate that’s rich yet energetic, with chalky tannins and a cooling, mineral finish. Drink 2021-2027.
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Domaine Jean Fournier

Domaine Jean Fournier

An up-and-coming domaine in the hands of Laurent Fournier, who has farmed it organically since 2004 and is currently undergoing certification. He is moving towards 350-litre barrels to avoid the overt taste of new wood while still letting the wine breathe through the staves. Marsannay bottlings include Cuvée St-Urbain, Les Longeroies (red and white), Clos du Roy and les Trios Terres old-vines cuvee, made with most of the stems included. Other vineyards include Gevrey-Chambertin and Fixin Les Petits Crais.

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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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