Bright red stone fruits, flowers and anise all come together in the glass. The 2011 is tense and vibrant in the glass, with lovely delineation and precision throughout. The finely-knit finish makes it hard to put the glass down. This is another gorgeous wine from Jean-Marie Fourrier.
An appealing fresh and distinctly cool and restrained nose of red berry fruit and pungent earth aromas is trimmed in soft wood notes. There is excellent intensity and raw power to the big-bodied flavors that are muscular and long if not exactly refined. While there is outstanding length the wood also comes up on the finish and this will clearly require a few years to completely harmonize as it's on the awkward side today.
The Domaine Fourrier (previously known as Pernot-Fourrier) has a long history in Gevrey Chambertin extending over four generations. The estate was founded by Fernand Pernot during the 1930s and 1940s. Unmarried and childless, he enlisted the aid of his nephew, Jean-Claude Fourrier, who then took the reins of the domaine in 1969. One of the first domains to actually export its wine to the USA, it is also one of the most well-endowed estates in the village with holdings throughout the most heralded appellations. Having weathered a period of eclipse through the latter part of the 1980s, the domain was re-energized in 1994 upon the arrival of Jean-Marie Fourrier, son of Jean-Claude. Jean-Marie burst on the Burgundian scene by wisely combining the traditions of his father and uncle (using, for example, vines of a minimum 30 years of age for the estate bottlings), his experience gained while working with Henri Jayer and the Domaine Drouhin (in Oregon), and his own clear sense of style. Ever since his ascension, the wines of Domaine Fourrier have garnered critical acclaim. He now works the domaine with the assistance of his sister, Isabelle, and his wife, Vicki.