2013 Domaine Fourrier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Amoureuses" Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1274820 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The fruit for the 2013 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru les Amoureuses comes from a very good source and it shows in what might well be Jean-Marie Fourrier's standout from his négoçiant range. It has a well-defined and sensual bouquet with fine mineralité, aromatics that really capture the essence of the vineyard. The palate is very well balanced with filigree tannins, wonderful tension and poise. There's not much of it, but it is worth seeking out if you can. (NM)  (12/2014)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding, Top Value* An exceptionally spicy, cool, elegant and admirably pure nose blends a mix of floral elements with those of various dark berries and plum. The naturally sweet, round and seductively textured medium weight flavors possess plenty of punch plus an appealing stony character adds lift to the more complex and slightly more persistent backend. This notably firm effort is really lovely as it's harmonious and well-balanced.  (1/2015)

91-93 points Vinous

 Bright dark red with ruby highlights. Very ripe aromas of raspberry, blood orange and crushed stone, with a medicinal menthol nuance; doesn't offer quite the aromatic lift of Fourrier's best domain wines. Fat and sweet on the palate, with a medicinal aspect to the flavors of black raspberry and blackberry. Quite backward, even a bit tough on the finish, showing a light minty quality. This was hard to taste following the the last few domain wines. Fourrier was on the verge of discontinuing his négociant project due to the sharply rising prices for good fruit in Burgundy but he found financial backers in Europe and the U.K. that enabled him to make two to four casks apiece of several top crus without having to borrow money from a bank. He told me that he only buys fruit "from close-by vineyards where I can see the sky from here." (ST)  (1/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Deep crimson. Great perfume and seduction. Glorious already. Very fine tannins. So sweet and lovely. Even a cassis hint. Amazing length. All undertow. 18.5/20 points (JR)  (11/2014)

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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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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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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.