99 fourrier gevrey-chambertin 1er combe aux moines

1999 Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Combe Aux Moines
1999 Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Combe Aux Moines

1999 Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Combes aux Moines VVtry to find this wine...
I have to preface this note with the fact that the paint was worn from the end of the capsule, there were signs of seepage and the label was rather dirty – none of my other wines from storage have been in such condition. It’s a singleton, and hopefully (cosmetically at least) a one-off so maybe not representative. The colour is medium ruby-red. The nose starts with an impression of oak (despite Fourrier using very little), some sous-bois and a hint of brett – only the last drops in the glass show some very fine berry fruit. A forward personality in the mouth – good acidity and intensity without great weight. The flavours linger well, it’s smooth but the mid-palate is a little lumpy. My thoughts are mixed; this was certainly tasty, very tasty, but aromatically disappointing. If this bottle and that brett is representative, I’d be thinking of drinking a majority of bottles in the near future for their personality and keeping just a few back for longer term, I wouldn’t be buying more.
Rebuy – No

The abused capsule and leaky cork:


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There is one response to “99 fourrier gevrey-chambertin 1er combe aux moines”

  1. Tom Blach12th May 2009 at 3:44 pmPermalinkReply

    Regarding brett, Bill, I’ve on several occasions had bottles showing what appears to be brett at about ten years old only for bottles a couple of years down the line to show no sign of it, which I gather means it couldn’t have bben brett. Or is it a bottle to bottle thing?
    I’ve not had any tired Fourrier 99.

    • billn13th May 2009 at 5:09 amPermalinkReply

      Hi Tom,
      Brett is mainly about latency – it may be in all or just a few bottles (or I mis-diagnosed – clearly the wine shouldn’t smell oaky either!), but it is the storage conditions that will determine whether it ‘blooms’ or not – so it’s really a ‘by bottle’ thing. This wine certainly wasn’t tired, there was energy and it was tasty – it just didn’t seem totally correct; the surprisingly grubby state of the bottle gave me a ‘hook’ for my concern. I rarely include brett in my notes so assume (unlike pyrazines) I’m more often than not, unconcerned by its presence.

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