Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wine of the Week - Jean Fournier "Origines"

Although Chardonnay reigns supreme in Marsannay, there are three other white varietals permitted in this region; Pinot Blanc, Pinot Beuret (Pinot Gris), and Aligote. Domaine Jean Fournier's “Origines” Cuvée Spéciale is a blend of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Beuret. Favoring long strong presses when making his white wine, Jean Fournier ferments this cuvée in neutral oak barrels and stainless-steel tanks with no yeast added and no fining. 

Marsannay, the Côte de Nuit’s northernmost winegrowing region, was overlooked when the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO) originally delimited AOCs in the 1930s. The region finally received its appellation in 1987, giving the recognition the growers felt their rocky limestone and marl terroirs deserved. Marsannay is unique in Burgundy for having AOC status for red, white, and rosé wines. Domaine Jean Fournier dates back to the reign of Louis 13th in the early 17th century, making it one of the oldest properties in Marsannay. Today the Domaine’s 16 hectares are helmed by the dynamic young Laurent Fournier, son of Jean, who crafts wines with integrity in a non-interventionist style. He has converted the vineyards to organic agriculture and has been Ecocert certified since 2008. Old vines can be found throughout the Domaine, contributing to the immense purity and finesse Fournier’s wines are known for.


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