2000 fixin clos marion – fougeray de beauclair

Update 2.9.2009(27.8.2009)billn
2000 Fixin, Clos MarionProfile: Fougeray de Beauclair
2000 Fixin, Clos Marion

Pretty for 2-3 years the 2000s became a little sullen for the following two. Many are now blossoming again, particularly at the villages and selected 1er cru level. I found a relative bargain here, 2 4 bottles from the case already consumed; perfect for drinking now and over the next few years. The Clos Marion is a dreamy little vineyard that’s almost invisible from the the road, protected by a stout wall. Unless you need to get in with a tractor, access is through the gated courtyard of a lovely old house – but it’s current owners have nothing to do with the domaine.
2000 Fougeray de Beauclair, Fixin Clos Marion
Medium ruby-red, just a hint of amber at the rim. For the first hour or so there was very interesting, truffley red fruit with an undercurrent of mushrooms, after an hour, no mushrooms and rather a minty red fruit with a little herb crust – from 4 bottles opened over 10 days, this was the only one with the mushrooms. Over the tongue it has a comforting texture and just enough acidity to balance the warm fruit. The tannin can still be found if you chew. Quite smooth in a non-traditional Fixin way. A good, sweet finish – as mature as is possible whilst still retaining real fruit flavours. I think I could drink a few of these heartwarming bottles during the closing summer weeks.
Rebuy – Yes

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