Over the last fifteen years, Domaine Fourrier has turned out to be one of the great success stories in Burgundy, proof that a talented grower with good sites can rise out of near-obscurity to make wines that have become some of the most sought-after in the region. The man behind this rapid rise is Jean-Marie Fourrier, whose father handed over control in 1994, when he was twenty-four. He is lucky enough to have a large stock of old vines, but as ever, the secret to his success is meticulous work in the vineyards. Although he does not follow organic methods, he keeps chemical treatments to a minimum and is an intuitive anticipator of problems. While remaining true to their terroirs, his wines have a polish and seductiveness that are instantly recognisable.
After years of warm weather, Jean-Marie was prepared for the conditions of 2019. A layer of humus in the winter, more leaves left at the top of the canopy during hedging to provide extra shade for the grapes, and carefully timed ploughing and vine treatments allowed the vines as free expression as possible of their terroirs. It helps that there is a large proportion of old vines here, which are less affected by water shortages. Nonetheless, yields were down by up to half. To add extra freshness, around 20% of stems was layered between the destemmed bunches during fermentation. These also absorbed alcohol, excess anthocyanins, and were ripe enough not to impart even a hint of stemmy flavours.