2020 Marsannay Blanc, Clos du Roy, Domaine Jean Fournier, Burgundy

2020 Marsannay Blanc, Clos du Roy, Domaine Jean Fournier, Burgundy

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2020 Marsannay Blanc, Clos du Roy, Domaine Jean Fournier, Burgundy

Description

This sandy, east-facing plot delivers fresh, mineral whites – even in warmer years. There’s some high-density planting here. The wine is raised in demi-muid. This has a nice feel of cool acidity. The nose has a slight oxidative note (which will go once the wine is racked). The extended lees contact has developed long, creamy flavours over the minerality. Drink 2022-2028. 
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Jasper Morris MW87-90/100
Jasper Morris MW87-90/100
Clear bright lemon colour, some oak on the nose, one new barrel in six. Some graphite notes too. Fills the mid palate with fresh plum fruit including a streak of orange zest, but then finishes too much on the barrel. Laurent plans to move away from Stockinger.

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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

Marsannay

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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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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