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2004 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Clos St. Jacques" VV

SKU #1028633 93-94 points John Gilman

 The 2004 Clos St. Jacques is absolutely singing today, and is clearly a wine of grand cru dimension in this vintage. The nose is deep, packed with sweet fruit and beautifully balanced, as it offers up notes of red berries, black cherries, a bit of grilled meat, herb tones, kaleidoscopic minerality, coffee and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and complex, with outstanding transparency down to the soil, ripe tannins, excellent acids, and a very long, complete finish. Great stuff in the making here. (Drink between 2014-2030).  (1/2006)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full red. Reticent but ripe nose is a bit more animal and less floral than usual for this vineyard. Then denser and sweeter on the palate than the nose suggests, with a chewy texture and impressive palate coverage. Very sappy, concentrated and suave, with dark cherry and mineral flavors currently in the deep background. But this offers terrific breadth for the vintage, and the tannins are fine. (ST)  (3/2007)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is just a touch of secondary development to the otherwise gorgeously pure and still very fresh red Pinot and raspberry fruit nose that is nuanced with hints of spice, crushed leaf and earth. There is good delineation to the supple and wonderfully complex flavors that explode on the strikingly long finish where some gas is in evidence; as such I would recommend decanting this for 20 minutes first. At to maturity, for my taste this has reached its initial inflection point where it could be drunk now with pleasure or held for another 3 to 5 years first depending on how much secondary influence you enjoy. (AM)  (10/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Very rich and intense. More winning than the 2005! Quite a bit of acidity but a nice luscious drink. 17.5/20 points (JR)  (8/2009)

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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.


- 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.


- 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.
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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.