Ethereal, bright and scintillatingly fresh, this was also dense, deep and backwards for its age. The color was red almost all the way to the rim and the structure was firmly intact with only a whisper of very fine sediments. Acidity was present although not out of place. Aromatics and flavors were astoundingly pure and effusive: mixed red pit fruit, black tea, truffle, dried florals and sweet wooden earth. There was touch of dried red citrus and tar which had me thinking the wine had been wound up with a reductive power as tha key to allowing for such glacial aging. If there are perfect wines, this is one. Everything in its place. What a transcendent experience. — 10 days ago
Heady nose of smoke (yes, road tar), roses... A tart cherry dum-dum, covered in earthy black truffles, with soy drizzled on top, then add some plums for good measure. So much going on with this wine. After a while in the glass, the leather, sea air and chewing tobacco surfaces and the cherry becomes more foraged forestry berry fruits. Exhilarating. One hour decant. — 16 days ago
Still not a fan of this domaine. Generally quite modern. Dark-fruited with evident oak treatment here, not dissimilar to Michael's 16' Block 5. I guess one would still call this a good wine, but simply not to my taste. I did like the subtle minerality in the wine though. — 8 days ago
The second audible of the night, John opened the Fourrier as an end-cap to our exploration of Burgundy. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, every producer of Pinot Noir in the New World seems to be chasing the great wines of Gevrey-Chambertin. This is archetypal. Opulent red and black fruits. Obvious finesse. I just wish I found them more exciting. One of those, “it’s not you, it’s me” situations where the wine is without fault but I just can’t seem to fall in love with it. — 22 days ago
When I first started studying to become a Somm, this Burgundian producer was one of my early discoveries. One for its quality and for its QPR.
The nose reveals; brambly, dark berry mix, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, poached strawberries, baked rhubarb, with hints of pomegranate. The fruits are ripe and fairly well extracted for burgundy. Dark chocolate, light mocha, softly layered baking spices; cinnamon, vanilla with whiffs of clove. Dark, rich earth, limestone minerals, some black licorice, dark cola, wafting liqueur notes, fruit tea, just a hint of funk on the swirl, dry river stones with fresh, dark, red, florals.
The body is medium full and hedonistic. The structure, tension, length and balance are just at the beginnings of hitting their stride. brambly, dark berry mix, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, poached strawberries, baked rhubarb, with hints of pomegranate. The fruits are ripe and fairly well extracted for burgundy. Dark chocolate, light mocha, caramel, softly layered baking spices; cinnamon, vanilla with whiffs of clove. Dark, rich earth, grainy limestone minerals, moist clay, stem inclusion, some black licorice, dark cola, wafting liqueur notes, fruit tea, just a hint of funk on the swirl, dry river stones with fresh, dark, red, florals with lavender on the long set. The acidity is round and beautiful. The long finish is; rich, ripe, well balanced, elegant, sexy, persistent with some dark spice on the long set.
Brings back great Somm memories with my tasting group here on the opening night of the D&S Lounge. — 18 days ago
$143 not sure how I purchased this, I think online after I found this in France, I remember it being better there. Maybe it’s just too hot here for a Pinot here and honestly it followed The Judge so the deck was stacked against it. — 8 days ago