2016 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Champeaux" Vieille Vigne (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1340849 90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from a .21 ha parcel planted in 1919). Aromas of spiced plum, dark cherry and violets combine with those of earth and a hint of the sauvage all of which is trimmed in enough wood to mention. The medium-bodied flavors are at once rich and refined with good vibrancy and evident minerality arising on the youthfully austere and persistent finish where hints of wood and warmth appear. The supporting tannins are relatively fine-grained and overall this is really quite good. 2024+  (1/2018)

93 points John Gilman

 Normally we will taste Goulots ahead of Champeaux in the lineup chez Fourrier, but I am guessing that the idea was to show the two Gevrey premier crus that escaped frost damage first, followed by the crus higher up on the Combe de Lavaut, where yields were off by an average of thirty percent. Champeaux lies right below Goulots on the slope and the 2016 here is an outstanding wine in the making, delivering a fine nose of red and black cherries, dark chocolate, grilled meats, a lovely base of soil, a touch of fresh herbs, woodsmoke and spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure on the attack, with a sappy core, excellent soil signature, fine-grained tannins and a long, vibrant and nascently complex finish. A beautiful bottle in the making. 2028-2060.  (1/2018)

91-93 points Vinous

 Healthy dark red. Lovely aromatic lift to the aromas of raspberry, black cherry, licorice, mint and menthol. A step up in intensity and depth of flavor from the foregoing samples, showing a stony, savory pungency to its brisk dark fruit and mineral flavors. The sweetest and richest of these 2016s to this point but also boasts terrific energy and lift. The savory, subtly rising, palate-staining finish piques the taste buds. Close to normal yield here, from a cooler site high on the slope. (ST)  (1/2018)

90 points Decanter

 The Champeaux is delicious this year, but just a bit facile for a Gevrey premier cru. Notes of raspberry, cherry and spice, framed by some Cadus cooperage, precede a medium-full, supple wine with elegant tannins and an ample core of sweet fruit.Drinking Window 2024 - 2040.(WK)  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

95pts Jasper Morris(MS): "O.21ha planted in 1919. Rich full purple. Marvellous texture even to the nose. Plump dark red fruits, huge wealth on the palate, more sumptuous than the fine boned Cherbaudes, with especial density at the back of the palate. Sensual certainly, but more than that. Highly impressive. Some tannins reappear at the back, more than acidity, but all in balance with the exceptional fruit weight."(Dec 2017)

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Varietal:

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

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Sub-Region:

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.
Specific Appellation:

Gevrey Chambertin

- For many wine aficionados, Gevrey Chambertin is the northernmost end of the true Côte d'Or. The largest of all of the communes, it has 9 Grands Crus (Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Chapelle Chambertin, Charmes Chambertin, Griotte Chambertin, Latricieres Chambertin, Mazy Chambertin, Mazoyeres Chambertin and Ruchottes Chambertin). The best Premier Cru wines come form the vineyards nestled along a hill to the west of the village. The Grands Crus are planted in compacted limestone, while the soils in the rest of the village vary as to their clay content. If we are to characterize broadly, the wines are powerful, muscular and need time in the bottle to develop.