• Domaine Fourrier:   Gevrey's Satin Splendor

    Domaine Fourrier: Gevrey's Satin Splendor

    It's no secret that over the last decade Jean-Marie Fourrier has catapulted his family's domaine into elite status within Burgundy. Fourrier is the 5th generation to lead this 9-hectare Gevrey Chambertin estate, officially taking over for his father in 1994 after interning with the mythical Henri Jayer.

    Today, I'm very happy to offer a deep range from Jean-Marie Fourrier. 

    The wines of Fourrier are most associated in my mind for their silken texture with ripe and vivid fruit. They also are lauded for their ability to drink great at all stages of development. But, above all, it's a sense of purity and site reflection that have put them atop the wishlist of every traditional Burgundy collector.

    Jean-Marie is most noted for his strict reliance on using only old vines for domainebottlings - averaging 60 years according to my visit in November 2012. The maximum new oak employed is 20%, and like Jayer grapes here are overwhelmingly de-stemmed.

    Much of the magic to the wines' purity has to be tied into Jean-Marie's practice of using very minimal amounts of sulphur, instead relying on dissolved CO2 to remain in the wine protecting against oxidation. Because of this it's recommended that younger bottles are double decanted to help "blow-off" any slight effervescence that might remain.

    Below is a wide range of Fourrier's 2016's, as well as back-vintage gems through 1999. Jean-Marie has recently started a négociant project, but, with the exception of theBourgogne Rouge, 100% of the wines offered below are domaine, having been farmed by the Fourrier family for generations.
    Posted by Alexander Rosen
  • Friday Firestorm: France, Italy, & Germany!

    Friday Firestorm: France, Italy, & Germany!

    Today's offering from France, Italy, and Germany was inspired by some very special new back-vintage arrivals. Some wines are not posted online yet, so please reply to this email with any order requests. 2002 Champagne is highlighted today with value plays like Lanson's two late releases, and Jacquesson's Dégorgement Tardif and Bollinger's R.D.

    Burgundy is lead with new arrivals of 1966 Mongeard-Mugneret Grands Echezeaux and 1969 Rousseau Clos de la Roche. Values here can be found with Moillard's 1983 Malconsorts and Daniel Rion's Beaux Monts. Germany features only two producers, Egon Müller and Klaus-Peter Keller. Rhône and Loire Valley are deep with Chave and Clos Rougeard. And finally, Italy features deep selections from the 60's and 70's, along with newer releases from Giacomo Conterno and brand new winery release of Emidio Pepe's 2010 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.
    Posted by Alexander Rosen
  • 2016 Red Burgundy Goldmine:   Amélie Berthaut's Limited Range

    2016 Red Burgundy Goldmine: Amélie Berthaut's Limited Range

    I've been waiting a long time for this offer. In 2016 I had the pleasure of visiting with Amélie Berthaut at her family's small domaine in Fixin. To date, it was one of the most memorable visits I've ever had. Or course the wines tasted were an integral part of that, but it also marked a rare moment where I understood the obscurity of this vigneron was going to change at a pace like I've never witnessed before. Indeed, today's very small allocation of her 2016 vintage is proof of that.

    A few weeks ago in Los Angeles I tasted through all of Amélie's 2016's in bottle with her importer. Coming off the heels of her fantastic 2015's, truly, I was not prepared for just how thrilling the 2016's would show.

    Today, I'm happy to offer a very limited allocation of the 2016 Berthaut-Gerbet wines. Covered are humble appellations like Hautes Côte de Nuits through monumental vineyards such as Grand Cru Clos Vougeot, and her 1900-planted Vosne Romanée Les Suchots.

    The elephant in the room today is the small quantities available. That's why I implore you to strongly consider going deep on the one wine with good availability, with possibly more coming this week: the 2016 Fixin Les Crais. The 2015 rendition was hands down the Burgundy highlight from customer responses last year. The 2016 personifies Amélie's unique strength in balancing sweet, forward fruit, with grace and underlying mineral tension. 

    Fixin is Pinot Noir territory, and much like the wines from Gevrey Chambertin we see a dark and powerful expression from these rocky, marl-dominant soils. Les Crais is a 1.38 hectare lieu-dit with vines planted as far back as 1946 on extremely rocky and well-drained soils. 

    Carved into stone at the domaine are the words, I
    en faire vax miev que dir, “Doing right is better than talk.” Amélie proved again in 2016 her soft spoken nature and serious commitment to viticulture informs everything that's come to realization in bottle. This lineup is not to be missed.
    Posted by Alexander Rosen