85% Chardonnay 15% Pinot Blanc from multiple parcels – vinification in inox cuves followed by 12 months in new oak barrel.
|Formerly known as Burgundy’s de facto producer of Pinot Noir rose, Marsannay, the Cote d’Or’s northernmost winegrowing region, has risen in ranks over the past 60 years when, after much battle with the INAO, they finally received their AOC in 1956. Despite Joseph Clair’s brilliant region-building rose move, which placed Marsannay Rose in most restaurants from Dijon to Lyon to Paris between the years 1920-1945, the INAO overlooked the region entirely when delimiting AOCs in the 1930s. But growers felt the rocky limestone and marl terroirs were too good to dismiss and demanded the recognition the wines deserved. Decades of battling with the INAO finally gave way to the victory; growers continue to channel energy from the AOC’s inception into top quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Still, there are no legally granted 1er or Grand Crus in Marsannay.
Domaine Jean Fournier dates back to the reign of Louis 13th in the early 17th century, making it one of the oldest properties in Marsannay-la-Cote. Today the domaine’s 16 hectares are helmed by the dynamic young Laurent Fournier, son of Jean, who crafts wines with integrity in a non-interventionist style. Old vines (nearly 60 years old) and sustainable practices (organic viticulture) render Marsannay of immense purity and finesse.
After manual harvest (ripest grapes only) and two successive tries, grapes ferment in barrel for up to three weeks. The wines are then aged for three years in both 25 and 50 hl barrels allowing them plenty of time to flesh out. Fournier strives to make precise wines of great ageability, weight, and texture.