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Domaine Fourrier "Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint Jacques 1er Cru" 1988

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Domaine Jean-Claude Fourrier
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We have up to 10 bottles available of this rare 1988 vintage of one of the very best 1er cru sites in Burgundy, Clos St Jacques worthy of Grand Cru, from one of the best producers Domaine Fourrier Cuvee Vielle Vignes.

Domaine Fourrier:

"The Fourrier estate is one of the very best in Burgundy " Clive Coates

The history begins in the 1930s and 1940s with Fernand Pernot, a celebataire whose sister had married a Fourrier. Vineyard plots came from both sides, including a 26 ares parcel of Griotte-Chambertin, and, in 1955, 89 ares of Clos Saint-Jacques, following the death of the Comte de Moucheron. The wines were sold as Pernot-Fourrier, and I have some fond memories of the wines of the period. Pernot, it would seem, almost forced his nephew, Jean-Claude Fourrier, to take over responsability for the estate as he grew older, and it was the latter who ran the domaine from 1969

In the vineyard Fourrier can profit from the largely venerable age of his vines (the Clos Saint-Jacques dates from 1910) and he uses his the best of own plants for his massale selection, convinced that these are far superior than clones. The date of the harvest is dependant on the phenolic ripeness rather than the sugar levels.

The result is precision. And since 2004 even greater quality than before, as the notes below will amply demonstrate. There are very lovely wines at the Fourrier domaine today.

Jean-Marie Fourrier, now rising 40, is quietly composed individual, clearly a thinker as well as a doer. There is no bombast. Just a gentle confidence. He is married to a charming and very attractive English lady, Vicki, and they have two children, Louis and Lucie.

The Fourrier domaine occupies 9 hectares, and this is made up as follows:

  • Griotte-Chambertin: 26 ares.

  • Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Saint-Jacques: 89 ares.

  • Other Gevrey premiers crus: Champeaux, Cherbaudes, Combe Aux Moines, Goulots.

  • Morey-Saint-Denis, premier cru Clos Sorbès.

  • Chambolle-Musigny, premier cru Les Greunchers.

  • Vougeot, premier cru Les Petits Vougeots.

  • Village Gevrey-Chambertin, including the lieu-dit Aux Echézeaux; village Morey-Saint-Denis; village Chambolle-Musigny.

In the vineyard Fourrier can profit from the largely venerable age of his vines (the Clos Saint-Jacques dates from 1910) and he uses his the best of own plants for his massale selection, convinced that these are far superior than clones. The date of the harvest is dependant on the phenolic ripeness rather than the sugar levels.

The result is precision. And since 2004 even greater quality than before, as the notes below will amply demonstrate. There are very lovely wines at the Fourrier domaine today.

Jean-Marie Fourrier, now rising 40, is quietly composed individual, clearly a thinker as well as a doer. There is no bombast. Just a gentle confidence. He is married to a charming and very attractive English lady, Vicki, and they have two children, Louis and Lucie.

The Fourrier domaine occupies 9 hectares, and this is made up as follows:

  • Griotte-Chambertin: 26 ares.

  • Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Saint-Jacques: 89 ares.

  • Other Gevrey premiers crus: Champeaux, Cherbaudes, Combe Aux Moines, Goulots.

  • Morey-Saint-Denis, premier cru Clos Sorbès.

  • Chambolle-Musigny, premier cru Les Greunchers.

  • Vougeot, premier cru Les Petits Vougeots.

  • Village Gevrey-Chambertin, including the lieu-dit Aux Echézeaux; village Morey-Saint-Denis; village Chambolle-Musigny

Clos Saint Jacques, why not Grand Cru?

Clos Saint-Jacques is often mentioned amongst the very best 1er crus in Burgundy, and many feel that this vineyard truly belongs in the grand cru category.

Lavalle rated Saint-Jacques et Clos Saint-Jacques as Premiere Cuvee and only regarded Le Chambertin and Clos de Beze as better terroirs in Gevrey Chambertin. Rodier was in line with this rating but seem to place Saint-Jacques slightly lower in the internal rankings among the Deuximes Cuvees.

But why was Clos Saint-Jacques not rated grand cru? According to Jasper Morris Comte de Moucheron didn’t fill in the required paperwork – when the decided the classification in 1935. On the website of Domanine Armand Rousseau  they mention that the Comte de Moucheron reportedly ignored the AOC process because he was a ardent royalist who didn’t want his vineyards to be included in a republican classification of lieu-dits.

According to Jean-Francois Bazin he was furthermore out smoking a cigarette, when the tribunal decided upon the classification of Clos Saint-Jacques .. and since he was the only owner of this terroir .. no one argued that it should be classified as grand cru.

For me its pretty clear that quality of the wines from Clos Saint-Jacques could quite easily justify a grand cru classification. The best wine from Clos-Saint-Jacques is quite a lot better than most of the wines produced on Charmes-Chambertin, and has both the power and complexity of a true grand cru.

Should Clos Saint-Jacques be promoted to grand cru? In my view yes – if they do decide to change the classification – then Clos Saint-Jacques should amongst the first to be promoted – and it certainly deserve a grand cru classification more than most of the vineyard currently applying for grand cru status.

Producent Domaine Jean-Claude Fourrier
Jaar 1988
Appellation Gevrey-Chambertin
Climat Nee
Flesgrootte 0,75 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie -1cm
Waardering Nee