Domaine Fournier Marsannay Clos du Roy (750ml)
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Domaine Jean Fournier is located in the village of Marsannay-la-Côte, in Burgundy. It is one of the oldest in the region, in fact it was mentioned in writings during the time of Louis XIII. Jean Fournier took over the family estate in 1962, his son Laurent took over operations in 2003 and runs the estate today.
The estate is comprised of 16 hectares of vines located on the terroirs of Marsannay and Gevrey-Chambertin. In 2008 it was converted to organic farming and certain biodynamic practices are also used such as respect for lunar rhythms. The vines are quite old (about sixty years old). The domaine is characterised by its long élevage (up to three years, in barrels and vats). This contributes to the quality of the wines, which are powerful. The appellation and this producer is highly reliable; don’t let this one fly under the radar!
The nose offers pronounced notes of cherry, violet, spice and light wood notes. The wine is medium bodied with concentrated flavours of field berries, earth, spice and light oak supported by assertive, but ripe tannins, juicy acidity and mineral notes. The flavours linger pleasantly on the finish.
Pinot Noir grapes grown on clay limestone soil are hand harvested and wild yeast fermented. 60% destemmed with a cold soak for 6 days, temperature controlled fermentation for around 20 days with punchdowns and remontage and a light pressing before the wine is gravity fed into barrels where it undergoes a spontaneous malolactic fermentation. The wine rests for 12 months in both demi-muids and 500L barrels; 40% of which are new. It spends an additional 6 months in demi muids and is bottled unfiltered and unfined.