"The 2014 Marsannay Cuvée Saint-Urbain is a blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Blanc aged in 500- and 600-liter Stockinger barrels for 12 months before being transferred into stainless steel. It has a crisp and taut bouquet with light flinty scents emanating from the Chardonnay, and a touch of hazelnut developing with time. The palate is clean and fresh on the entry, slightly waxy in .....
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"The 2014 Marsannay Cuvée Saint-Urbain is a blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Blanc aged in 500- and 600-liter Stockinger barrels for 12 months before being transferred into stainless steel. It has a crisp and taut bouquet with light flinty scents emanating from the Chardonnay, and a touch of hazelnut developing with time. The palate is clean and fresh on the entry, slightly waxy in texture with a hint of orange rind and white pepper towards the finish. Again, this is a very well crafted white Marsannay that should drink well for 3-5 years." 89-91 point
"Driving through the thick fog to Marsannay, Kendrick Lamar on the radio, I wondered whether Laurent Fournier's wines would be as captivating as his 2013s earlier this year. The answer? Oui. Along with Sylvain Pataille, Laurent's wines are putting Marsannay on the map with or without premier cru elevation (decision scheduled for this century...maybe). I just think Laurent has a knack for producing wines that deliver way above their village cru level, with finesse, precision and complexity. When we broached the touchy subject of the suzukii fruit fly, Laurent had the same contradictory viewpoint as his fellow Marsannay winemaker, Sylvain Pataille...
"For the whites, I like to do a long and strong press. My dream is to buy a Champagne press. The whites were picked from September 18 and I try to add SO2 as late as possible."
"I don't think it was a problem of the drosophila that caused the acid rot," he told me, echoing Sylvain, although Laurent went on to cite other evidence. "Records at Domaine Bart showed that there was a vintage with acid rot in the 1920s. So it is not new. I worked in Switzerland before and we had acid rot along the wall [of the vineyard] every year. I think in 2014 in Burgundy, in the beginning it is grey rot and then afterwards it may be attached by drosophila, but I am sure it is not the beginning of the problem."
"I cannot recommend these wines highly enough. I think they are undervalued by cognoscenti and they continue to represent fantastic value. The 2014 Bourgogne le Chapître, from vines that gaze straight onto Dijon’s suburbs way up in the lost appellation of Chenôve, would pose stiff competition to many a premier cru -- and that is not exaggerating once you examine its history, once the prime vineyards belonging to the “Chapitre des Chanoines de la Collégiale d’Autun.” Terroir is terroir and it shines despite urban encroachmen,t and thanks to winemakers such as Laurent and Sylvain Pataille, these less acclaimed vineyards will survive and give wine lovers a great deal of pleasure."
Domaine Jean Fournier:
Domaine Jean Fournier er under ledelse af Laurent Fournier. Til trods for sin unge alder har han allerede meget erfaring som vinmager. Han er uddannet i Beaune og har fået en del af sin praktiske erfaring i Pomerol, hvor han var tilknyttet Château La Fleur-Pétrus.
I 2011 fik Laurent Fournier tildelt den prestigefyldte ”Trophée des Jeunes Talents”, en anerkendelse, som går til den bedste unge vinbonde i henholdsvis Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune og Côte Chalonnaise.
Domænet består af 18 ha vinmarker, hvoraf størstedelen ligger i Marsannay og giver primært rødvine, men også hvidvine og rosé. Derudover ejer Domaine Fournier marker i Gevrey-Chambertin, Fixin og Côtes de Nuits Villages. Markerne er dyrket økologisk siden starten af 2000’erne, og domænet blev certificeret i 2011.
Den høje kvalitet i Domaine Jean Fourniers vine skyldes nogle rigtig gode terroirs, vinstokke med en høj alder og ikke mindst et meget dedikeret arbejde fra vinbondens side.