02 fourrier, gevrey 1er clos st.jacques

Update 3.6.2009(5.6.2009)billn
2002 Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos St.Jacques
2002 Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos St.Jacques

2002 Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos St.Jacquestry to find this wine...
Medium ruby-red colour that’s just turning to offer a hint of mahogany at the rim. The nose starts with red fruit but also a dark, reductive undertow that initially makes one (wrongly) think to oak – it takes a little over 90 minutes (without decanting) to disappear. Over time the nose becomes lovely and transparent, just a little powdery and young though. From the start there is sweetness coupled to perfect acidity – it’s relatively narrow at the entry but there’s a tight core of concentration in the mid-palate – this also shows a dark, reductive flavour for as long as the same lasts on the nose. This is about transparency rather than impact and is exactly to the Fourrier ‘template’, if arguably not to the terrior. The finish a good one, if not really remarkable. Very tasty, indeed I would say its balancing of sweetness and acidity make it delicious.
Rebuy – Yes

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There are 2 responses to “02 fourrier, gevrey 1er clos st.jacques”

  1. Tom Blach5th June 2009 at 5:14 amPermalinkReply

    Is that reductive undertone the explanation for the impression of lots of polished oak sometimes given by young Fourriers? I’ve often been surprised by this.

  2. billn5th June 2009 at 5:26 amPermalinkReply

    I’m pretty sure it is Tom.

    I’ve often found a note of ‘oak’ on the nose which surprised me given his low use of ‘neutral’ new oak. That this reductive element was a little more pronounced than usual but in being so gave me the connection to my previous observations. I’m sure Fourriers never smell oaky if decanted for an hour – i.e. the reductive elements are chased away.

    Was anyway a delicious wine even when showing the note…

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