Type: Red Wine
Grape: Pinot Noir
The Domaine Fourrier (previously known as Pernot-Fourrier) has a long history in Gevrey Chambertin extending over four generations. The estate was founded by Fernand Pernot during the 1930s and 1940s. Unmarried and childless, he enlisted the aid of his nephew, Jean-Claude Fourrier, who then took the reins of the domaine in 1969.
It is one of the most well-endowed estates in the village, with holdings throughout the most coveted appellations. Having weathered a period of eclipse through the latter part of the 1980s, the domain was re-energized in 1994 upon the arrival of Jean-Marie Fourrier, son of Jean-Claude. Jean-Marie burst on the Burgundian scene, combining the traditions of his father and uncle (using, for example, vines of a minimum 30 years of age for the estate bottlings), his experience gained while working with Henri Jayer and Domaine Drouhin (in Oregon). He now works the domaine with the assistance of his sister, Isabelle, and his wife, Vicki.
The source of grapes for this wine is the Champerrier vineyard. Here, Fourrier owns about three hectares of vines, most of which were planted between 1928 and 1955. This parcel is on the northernmost side of Gevrey bordering the village of Brochon, a location that tends to produce wines with more tannic backbone and overall structure.