2005 Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St Jacques Burgundy - 750ml

2005 Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St Jacques Burgundy - 750ml

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2005 Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St Jacques Burgundy - 95 pts!

Domaine Fourrier is a Burgundy wine estate based in Gevrey-Chambertin on the Côte d'Or. Its wines, mostly made from Pinot Noir, are highly sought-after and known for their silky finesse. Fourrier is perhaps best known for its wine from the famed Clos Saint-Jacques Premier Cru vineyard.

The domaine's vineyard holdings total 8.7 hectares (21.5 acres), located predominantly in Gevrey-Chambertin. These include parcels in seven different Gevrey-Chambertin premier cru sites, and a small plot in the Griottes-Chambertin Grand Cru vineyard. Plots in Chambolle-Musigny, including two Premier Crus, Morey-Saint-Denis and the Les Petits Vougeots Premier Cru vineyard complete the portfolio. Only fruit from vines older than 30 years old are used to make Domaine Fourrier wines.


Product Details

Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2005
Rating 94 BH - 95 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Burgundy
Location Cote de Nuits
Producer Fourrier
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Winery Details

Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2005
Rating 94 BH - 95 RP
Barrels
New and Old Oak (20%)
Style
Burgundian
Owners
Fourrier Family
Region Burgundy
Location Cote de Nuits
Producer Domaine Fourrier
Winemaker
Jean-Marie Fourrier
Production
cases (approx)

Robert Parker

Robert Parker

95 RP - Fourrier's 2005 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.-Jacques reveals a gorgeous aroma of black fruits, rose, truffle, tea and musk, a marrowy, creamy richness of texture, and a riveting finishing complexity of fruit, meat, flowers, pungent spices and minerals. If this is not a case of progression into the territory of grand cru quality, I don't know what is. I would plan to start following this from ten years out and anticipate at least a second decade of improvement. (With a vintage-typical, yet in this instance, somehow not disruptive contrast of milky texture with tart fresh fruit, and displaying strikingly overt minerality, the 2004 rendition of this wine is also well worth a decade of cellaring.)

The articulate and opinionated Jean-Marie Fourrier staunchly believes in the inclusion of uncrushed fruit (to among other things prolong fermentation and, he claims, diminish the efficiency of alcoholic conversion); leaving the young wines on their lees (with high CO2 retention) eighteen months before bottling; employing a mere 20% of new barrels for all wines; and applying only minimal doses of sulfur. That the property from which he sources is all owned outright, and is largely in vines of over fifty years age planted by his father or grandfather before the days of clones certainly helps explain the consistently excellent quality at this address. 

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator

Burghound

Burghound 94 BH - As is sometimes the case with the Fourrier wines, this was initially reduced and required vigorous swirling to gradually dissipate the funk. Otherwise, like many '05s at this stage in their evolution this remains reserved and tight but the concentration and balance is seriously impressive. That said, the reserved nose, while offering glimpses of what is to come, is still notably closed and the supporting tannins shaping the impressively scaled flavors remain markedly firm. The length and depth are equally impressive and about the only nit of significance is a trace of backend warmth. I remain highly optimistic that in time this is going to be a genuinely great Clos St. Jacques but for now it's basically infanticide, and this is true even with extended aeration as I set my glass aside to see how it would develop with extended aeration. I would advise just letting this slumber away for the better part of another decade as it's going to need it but when it finally matures, we're in for a real treat! Tasted thrice in the last 4 years with almost identical results.

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