- Region: Red Burgundy
- Producer: Fourrier
- Vintage: 2009
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Chambolle-Musigny "Les Gruenchers" 1er ♥
1er Cru Red barrel
Tasted: Jan 01, 2011
Note: from .27 ha parcel planted in 1928
Producer note: The always candid Jean-Marie Fourrier told me that 2009 was a "generous vintage but that doesn't really explain things the way it often does. The reason is that there was a huge percentage of shot berries. I have a sorting screen of only 6 mm and there were plenty of berries that were able to pass through. In some vineyards as much as 50% of the crop was in the form of shot berries. This explains why the '09s seem to be much more concentrated than the yields would otherwise suggest. I began picking on the 17th of September and brought in a very clean crop that ranged in potential alcohols from 12.5 to 13%. The primary fermentation proceeded relatively quickly and the malos were finished early as well, which is to say by April. As to the wines, they are already delicious and deceptively accessible, which means that too many of them are going to be drunk too young. The '09s are going to surprise people in terms of how well they age." I will repeat that Fourrier deliberately bottles with high CO2 levels as a partial defense against oxidation and thus if you elect to try an example or two young, be sure to decant for 20 to 30 minutes first. (Rosenthal Wine Merchant, www.madrose.com, Shekomeko, NY; there are many sources in the UK including John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, UK, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, UK, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, UK, Ballantynes of Cowbridge, www.ballantynes.co.uk, UK, Uncorked Ltd, www.uncorked.co.uk, UK and Seckford Wines, www.seckfordwines.co.uk, UK).
Tasting note: Like the villages Chambolle, this possesses an ultra elegant and pure nose of restrained red pinot fruit, stone and a hint of anise that is also reflected by the generous yet quite precise middle weight flavors that evidence ample mineral influence on the naturally sweet, sappy and impressively enduring finish.