Maybe the biggest surprise in this 2001 tasting. (Gevrey-Chamberin VV, 1er Cru Combe aux Moines from Magnum and normal bottle, 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques and Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru).
Very open nose with red fruits edged by a mineral touch and some asian herbs. Medium bodied palate, very smooth and silky. A bit short in the end but this doesn´t dims my enthusiasm about this really excellent village wine.
The wine is on its peak now. Drink it with pleasure over the next year.
No problem with cork. Medium garnet core, wide pale garnet, slightly orangeing rim. Nose is open and gives red and black cherry fruit, hints of meat fat and soil. Palate is medium bodied with juicy, sweet red cherry and raspberry fruit on the initial attack, fresh acidity comes through on the mid-palate as do meaty and rich soil hints with a note of decay. This is pure and transparent, fresh and vigorous but as already noted there is complexity and richness in the flavours. The finish is nicely extended with attractive savoury and mineral notes, and still just a touch of firm tannin. Excellent village wine.
Medium garnet core, wide pale garnet rim. Pure red strawberry fruit, mineral edge, hint of meat fat. Medium bodied on the palate, pure red cherry and strawberry fruit, very transparent and showing good depth on the mid-palate with notable minerality, fresh acidity, then a hint of creaminess on good length, savoury finish. Beautifully proportioned. Tannins pretty much resolved if still slightly firm on the finish. This bottle excellent and still with plenty in hand.
Medium garnet core, wide pale garnet rim. Initially very open with pure, sweet strawberry fruit, a hint of meat fat and decay, but mainly sweet with a floral top note. Medium bodied on the palate, sweet strawberry fruit on the mid-palate, more fruity than the nose, reasonably generous and with decent intensity, fine tannins which now seem largely resolved, fresh balanced acidity and a good length finish. (Somewhat mystifyingly this seemed to go back in its shell half an hour or so after opening before revealing itself again towards the end of the bottle.)
Moderately intense pure red cherry and strawberry fruit on the nose - youthful at first with some floral hints but developing hints of meat fat with time in glass. Same purity of fruit on the palate, with moderate fine tannins and lovely tangy, bouncy acidity on the good length savoury finish, which still shows some firm tannins on the tail end. Nevertheless very good +, and may well improve if those remianing tannins resolve over the next couple of years.
Decanted 1/2 an hour. Medium garnet, quite wide pale garnet rim. Red cherry fruit on the nose, nice freshness and purity, also a distinct gamey and earthy edge. Quite light across the palate, with balanced acidity but unusually for Fourrier the tannins do dominate a little on the finish. Overall still very good though.
This showed well right out of the bottle. Pure very expressive red currant fruit with some lifted menthol steely minerals, lovely balance and delicious. Mike, who owns a local wine shop had never tried Fourrier before, and it made a favorable impression. A little forest floor with air. Charles thought the expression of fruit in this bottle kind of New World, but there was much more to it than the fruit. Very good, I wish I had bought a lot more.
Medium garnet in appearance. The main thing I'm getting on the nose is damp earth, mushrooms, cranberries, rasberries and some pepper. Nice fruit and good acidity on the palate. Light tannins with red summer fruits - sweet rasberries, black cherry, strawberry, spices and some black pepper on the fnish. I think this will get better with some age. Very good.
Decanted 1/2 an hour. Medium garnet, medium pale rim. Quite intense, pure red fruit on the nose, plenty of earth and some spice, quite pungent and getting more spicy with time in glass. Slightly more fruity on the palate with strawberries and spice on the initial attack and mid-palate. Elegant, medium bodied but still slightly tight, although there is plenty of fruit covering those tannins, and nice fresh acidity on a decent length finish. Very good for this level, and should improve. Until at least 2012.
beautiful deep garnet color. nose of red currant and sour cherries, hints of licorice and very youthful. beautiful silky texture with delicious red fruits and a long finish. reminds me a bit of Lignier.... ****
At the "delicious/fun" stage and needing time to come together. Now, brilliant red, sparkling in the glass. Ripe black cherries and golden raspberries on the nose with some earth and dry leaves. Glides into the mouth with noticable body (for a burgandy) and not much extract -- nicely built. Sweet, ripe, fruit with some earth accents. Still a little disjointed/not integrated. I'll hold for 2 years to give time to integrate but not let the fun fruit fade.