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2009 Nuits St Georges les Cras

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2009 Griottes Chambertin Grand Cru from Domaine Fourrier, Burgundy

The fine wine stage seldom witnesses such an exquisite dance of nature and nurture as displayed by the 2009 Griottes Chambertin Grand Cru from Domaine Fourrier. It is a vintage that, while basking in the glory of its appellation, manages to transcend even the loftiest expectations set by its well-reputed terroir.


An Opulent Vintage: A Testament to Terroir

Within the undulating landscape of Burgundy, replete with vinicultural splendour, Domaine Fourrier’s 2009 iteration of their Grand Cru Griottes Chambertin is one for connoisseurs and investors alike. The year was kissed by fortune with a congenial spring followed by an impeccably dry August and warm September, culminating in a harvest that was both abundant and qualitative. These climatic conditions coalesced into a fortuitous symphony that sang through the resulting wines.


Distinctive Qualities of a Stellar Year

The 2009 vintage gifts us with a tapestry woven from robust tannins and a kaleidoscope of aromas hinting at ripe cherries and incense, delicately interlaced with an undercurrent of earthy minerality. There is vibrancy in its matured but still lively fruit, and the precision of balance that Domaine Fourrier achieves bespeaks of their unwavering commitment to finesse. This Griottes Chambertin is anchored in tradition yet soars with contemporary elegance.

Capitalising on what nature provided, this richly layered wine will continue to evolve gracefully, enchanting palates today as assuredly as it will in decades to come. As a crucial part of any refined investment portfolio, it embodies not just the hallmark characteristics of its lineage but the specificities of a banner year—a characteristic of paramount concern for discerning investors seeking out singular experiences.

In summary, the 2009 Griottes Chambertin Grand Cru from Domaine Fourrier is endowed with an almost painterly finesse, capturing the imagination as much as it captivates the taste buds. It stands as a paragon amongst its peers, promising not only a journey of sensorial delight but also holding the sturdy promise of appreciating value for those privileged enough to procure it.

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I must say that whilst I adored the 2009 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Cras in its youth, it is not developing with quite the aplomb I was hoping. It has a complex bouquet with an undercurrent of savouriness, dried blood and brown spices, perhaps just a touch more advanced than I was expecting. The palate is smooth and sensual on the entry that is a doppelganger for a Vosne-Romanée. Plush and sumptuous, it is a sexy Nuits Saint Georges but I wanted something more cerebral on the finish. It is an excellent Aux Cras...but it does not quite deliver on the promise it showed 2-3 years ago. Tasted June 2015.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 July 2015

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