2021 Fixin, Les Petits Crais, Domaine Jean Fournier, Burgundy

2021 Fixin, Les Petits Crais, Domaine Jean Fournier, Burgundy

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2021 Fixin, Les Petits Crais, Domaine Jean Fournier, Burgundy

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The Fixin has just finished malolactic which explains the reductive note. The colour is deep and there is clearly a good concentration of fruit beneath. A tougher finish with some gas but there is plenty here for the future. Promising, darker fruit, with length.

Drink from 2025 - 2027

Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy (December 2022)

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Jasper Morris MW87-90/100

The Fixin has just finished malolactic which explains the reductive note. The colour is deep and there is clearly a good concentration of fruit beneath. A tougher finish with some gas but there is plenty here for the future. Promising, darker fruit, with length.

Drink from 2025 - 2027

Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy (December 2022)

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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 Cotes de Nuits’ young vigneron of the year. He has since dedicated much of his considerable energy campaigning to establish Premiers Crus in Marsannay. Although he has begun leasing parcels in the Côte de Beaune, Gevrey-Chambertin and Clos de Vougeot, Laurent’s heart remains in Marsannay. All of the vineyards are farmed organically, with certification.

For Laurent, the 2022 season wasn’t too complicated. He explained that the grapes perhaps ripened more through concentration than by traditional means because there was insufficient water. However, the vines did not appear to be struggling, with no loss of leaves or obvious signs of stress, as had been the case in 2019 and 2020. Laurent doesn’t subscribe to the theory that the vines are adapting, though he does find the wines surprisingly fresh, perhaps because more fertiliser is being used after several years when everyone ceased to do so. For him, 2022 is a vintage with excellent clarity of terroir expression.

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Fixin

Fixin

Fixin is a wine appellation in the Burgundy region of France covering the communes of Brochon and Fixin – which was first elevated to AOC status in December 1936. White wines can be made from either Chardonnay or Pinot Blanc (Pinot Gris used to be permitted, but this grape variety was removed in 2011).

Red wines are sturdy and muscular, made principally from Pinot Noir, but they can have small quantities of the three white grapes in them. Situated just north of Gevrey-Chambertin, the red wines are often likened to miniature Gevreys. 

  • 108 hectares of village Fixin
  • 22 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (five in all). The best include Clos Napoléon, Clos de la Perrière

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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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