GENERAL INFORMATION
 

Producer: Laurent Fournier

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Founded: 1962
Annual Production (of all wines): 80,000 bottles
Farming: Organic (Ecocert and AB)
Website: No Website

 

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Marsannay, Côte de Nuit’s northernmost winegrowing region, has long been known to oenophiles for its Rosé de Marsannay, a specialty of the village created in 1919. Overlooked when the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO) originally delimited AOCs in the 1930s, the region finally received its appellation in 1987, giving it the recognition growers felt their rocky limestone and marl terroirs deserved. Marsannay is unique in Burgundy for having AOC status for red, white, and rosé wines.


Domaine Jean Fournier dates back to the reign of Louis 13th in the early 17th century, making it one of the oldest properties in Marsannay. Today the Domaine’s 16 hectares are managed by the dynamic young Laurent Fournier, son of Jean, who crafts wines with integrity in a non-interventionist style. He has converted the vineyards to organic agriculture and has been Ecocert certified since 2008. Old vines can be found throughout his vineyards, contributing to the immense purity and finesse Fournier’s wines are known for.


Also unique to the Domaine is a small plot of Aligoté vines that are over 80 years old. Though the grape is not as celebrated as Burgundian Chardonnay, when conditions are perfect, old-vine Aligoté can be a wine of excellent freshness and concentration. Laurent ensures that his Aligoté lives up to its potential by green harvesting the grapes and keeping the yields low at 40hl/ha.


Harvest is completed manually and grapes are hand sorted to guarantee that the wine is made from only the highest quality fruit. Grapes ferment in barrel for up to three weeks and the wines are then aged for three years in both 25 and 50 hl barrels allowing them plenty of time to flesh out. The result is precise wines of great ageability, weight, and texture. 

 

 

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TECHNICAL INFORMATION

BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE "CHAMP FOREY"

VIEILLES VIGNES
Appellation: Bourgogne AOC
Varietal: 95% Aligote, 5% Melon Blanc
Technical sheet

88 pts Vinous - Champ Forey 2017
89 pts WA - Champ Forey 2013

COTEAUX BOURGIGNONS "ORIGINES"

VIEILLES VIGNES

Appellation: Coteaux Bourguignons

Varietal: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris

Technical sheet

88 pts Vinous - Origines 2017

MARSANNAY BLANC "ST-URBAIN"
Appellation: Marsannay AOC
Varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc
Technical sheet

87 pts Vinous - St-Urbain Blanc 2017

90 pts WA - St-Urbain Blanc 2015
89-91 pts WA - St-Urbain Blanc 2014

BOURGOGNE ROUGE

Appellation: Bourgogne AOC
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Technical sheet

BOURGOGNE ROUGE "CHAPITRE"

Appellation: Bourgogne AOC
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Technical sheet

89-91 pts WA - Chapitre 2016

90-92 pts WA - Chapitre 2015

FIXIN ROUGE LES PETITES CRAIS

Appellation: Fixin AOC
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Technical sheet

89-91 pts Vinous - Fixin Les Petites Crais 2017

88-90 pts WA - Fixin Les Petites Crais 2016

89-91 pts WA - Fixin Les Petites Crais 2015
90-92 pts WA - Fixin Les Petites Crais 2014

COTE DE NUITS-VILLAGES ROUGE
"CROIX VIOLETTES" VIEILLES VIGNES
Appellation: Côte de Nuits-Villages AOC
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Technical sheet

88-90 pts Vinous - Croix Violettes 2017

89-91 pts WA - Croix Violettes 2016

87-89 pts WA - Croix Violettes 2014
90-92 pts WA - Croix Violettes 2013

GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN

Appellation: Gevrey-Chambertin AOC
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Technical sheet

89-91 pts WA - Gevrey-Chambertin 2016

89-91 pts WA - Gevrey-Chambertin 2015

MARSANNAY ROUGE "CUVEE ST-URBAIN"

Appellation: Marsannay AOC
Varietals: Pinot Noir
Technical sheet

87-89 pts WA - St-Urbain Rouge 2016

92 pts Decanter - St-Urbain Rouge 2015

MARSANNAY ROUGE CLOS DU ROI "PUR POT"

Appellation: Marsannay AOC
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Technical sheet

90-92 pts Vinous - Pur Pot 2017

89-91 pts WA - Pur Pot 2016
91-93 pts WA - Pur Pot 2014
90-92 pts WA - Pur Pot 2013

MARSANNAY ROUGE "TROIS TERRES"

Appellation: Marsannay AOC
Varietal: 95% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Beurot
Technical sheet

90-92 pts WA - Trois Terres 2015
90-92 pts WA - Trois Terres 2014
88 pts WE - Trois Terres 2014

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