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JM Fourrier Echezeaux GC Rouge 2018

JM Fourrier Echezeaux GC Rouge 2018

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Notes of cherries, berries, licorice, spices and incense introduce the 2018 Echézeaux Grand Cru, a medium to full-bodied, muscular and youthfully chewy wine that's a little firm and compact at this stage, though I suspect it will flesh out with further élevage. Score 90-92. - William Kelly

Fourrier does not fit into any specific camp of vignerons. He is not biodynamic though his approach shares much with the more sensitive protagonists of that philosophy. You have to get it right in the vineyard, which means being there all the time, and understanding equilibrium. Yields are restricted through pruning, debudding and careful management of vigour ‚– he is not a fan of green harvesting, nor for that matter of leaf-plucking in July. In the cellar, Jean-Marie is looking to preserve the silkiness of the fruit in his wine. There is a vibrating sorting table, after which the grapes are entirely de-stemmed (he tried using stems in 1995 with unsatisfactory results, but may experiment again in his new, purpose-built cuvérie.) The vats are not cooled at the start of fermentation, Jean-Marie being happy with the natural 3 to 4 day pre-maceration before the grapes start to ferment of their own accord. The skins are punched down, manually, two to four times a day, but there is no pumping over. After fermentation Jean-Marie does cool the vats down to about 12oc, which inhibits the early onset of malolactic fermentation. All the wines, whether village or grand cru, are matured in 20% new oak, the idea being to keep renewing the barrel cellar rather than to influence the fruit with any barrel flavours. For Jean-Marie's ideas on steam cleaning barrels, please see page x. The wines are not racked at all until transferred to tank about two months before bottling in the spring, eighteen months after harvest. The results of all this meticulous work are very appealing wines, each of which shows the character of its provenance quite clearly. The wines are bright in colour but not exceptionally deep, with very pure red fruit flavours on the nose. The shape of the wine thereafter depends on the vineyard. Tannins are typically fine-boned except where the cru (Clos Solon, Combe aux Moines) dictates otherwise.- Jasper Morris MW

Product Type Wine Red Pinot Noir
Volume 750ml
Country France
Region Burgundy
Winemaking Practices Conventional
Vineyard Practices Conventional