2008 Domaine Fourrier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Gruenchers" Vieille Vigne

SKU #1270841 89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the red currant and plum fruit aromas are a bit riper and introduce nicely rich and textured middle weight flavors that possess good depth of material and fine length on the tension filled finish.  (1/2010)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good medium red. Sappy aromas of raspberry, blueberry and stone lifted by violet and dried rose. Very rich and sweet but with lovely mineral energy and a sound core of acidity. Sappy but not quite peppery. For all its fruit, this concentrated, very long wine finishes with exhilarating saline soil tones. (ST)  (3/2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Bright crimson. Very juicy and transparent and quite pretty and delicate though bone dry. Lots of fresh fruit. (JR)  (11/2009)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Fourrier 2008 Chambolle Musigny Les Gruenchers is strikingly saline and carnal as well as tartly red-berry saturated. Finely-chiseled in its expression of fruit and mineral precision, but correspondingly hard-edged, it comes back with formidable persistence of saliva-inducing intensity of salted meat stock and bright berry fruit that suggest to me a wine with the better part of a decade’s worth of reserves, provided one isn’t put off by its somewhat spare texture. This is clearly among the more backward and/or bottle-shocked wines in the present collection. (DS)  (6/2010)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


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Chambolle Musigny

- A charming village in the Côte de Nuits, north of Clos Vougeot. Mostly red (and very little white) wine from limestone-dominated soil makes the communes' wine silky, with finesse rather than density. The wines are known for their aromatic purity and elegance. The Grands Crus are Musigny and Bonnes Mares.