Synopsis, Our Opinion: They were both MEMORABLE red Burgundy
Producer/Winery: Domaine Fourrier; Côte d’Or; Gevrey-Chambertin, France.
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.
Geographic Appellation: Gevrey-Chambertin; Burgundy, France.
Price: Each $82.80 (with a 10% mixed case discount)
Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paired With: Homemade mushroom soup with homemade bread.
We don’t often open two bottles unless we think a side-by-side tasting would dramatically increase the experience or better help us understand differences of two wines. In this case we had two bottles of red Burgundy, from the same producer, same price and the same vintage, but different terroir: Domaine Fourrier Aux Echezeaux and Domaine Fourrier Vieille Vigne; that provided a side-by-side opportunity we couldn’t resist
Opened two-hours before drinking. Clear, light ruby red color. Smoky red fruit aromas. Silky smooth, very approachable, medium body and a 800-grit texture. Raspberry, strawberry and cherry flavors with distinct floral that reminded us of blooming pansies in the spring. Both were very delicious, had exceptional balance, dusty mineral and tart fruit all the way through the finish. However, from mid-palate the difference of the two became more noticeable and they began to differ. The Aux Echezeaux was less tart and had considerably less prominent acidity. It shined for its subtleties and layers of flavors, slightly smoother fruit tastes and just the right amount of tar in the finish. We would describe it as refined and majestic red Burgundy. The Vieille Vigne on the other hand had a slightly heavier feel, more spicy raspberry flavor that was conspicuously stronger, a more acidic mouth-feel and a noticeably livelier finish. We would describe it as flamboyant and stalwart red Burgundy
Did we like one more that the other? No, they were both MEMORABLE red Burgundy, but knowing the differences we might try different food pairings for each in the future. Both were fantastic with the mushroom soup, but the Vielle Vigne would pair well with one of our venison dinners or beef bourguignon and the Aux Echezeaux with more traditional chicken, pheasant or rabbit.
Alcohol Content: 13%
Closure: Natural cork.
UPC Code: NA
Imported by: Rosenthal Wine Merchant; New York, New York.