This site is recognized as producing some of the best wines of this appellation. Here, Fourrier owns a sizable tranche of this 1er Cru: .87 hectares where his vines were planted in 1928. Fourrier’s “Combe Aux Moines” is a wine of formidable concentration with a tendency to show a wild, “animal” side to its character.
Soft but not invisible wood weaves through the beautifully well-layered and relatively high-toned red berry, plum, wet stone and sauvage scents. There is an appealing texture to the lush, indeed even opulent medium weight plus flavors that display a subtle minerality on the precise, firm and impressively persistent finish. This is a big but not especially rustic or muscular Combe Aux Moines.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Combes Aux Moines has a tightly wound bouquet – cold stone, almost flinty on the nose. The palate is structured on the entry, showing some corpulence and puissance toward the finish, though at the expense of finesse that the Cherbaudes has in droves. Excellent.
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.