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2012 Nuits St Georges les Cras

By Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

An Esteemed Addition: The 2012 Griottes Chambertin Grand Cru from Domaine Fourrier, Burgundy

Amidst the pantheon of iconic Burgundian reds, a profound expression emerges from Domaine Fourrier—the 2012 Griottes Chambertin Grand Cru. This esteemed vintage carries the hallmark balance of potency and finesse that connoisseurs of this storied domain have come to cherish.

 

Pedigree and Precision: The Essence of 2012

The vintage in question, exceptional by all accounts, bears the imprimatur of a season defined by both challenges and triumphs. A cool spring gave way to a tempered summer, endowing the Pinot Noir berries with a concentrated boldness, rarely matched in other years. This cultivated a unique canvas upon which Jean-Marie Fourrier articulated his vinous vision—a canvas rife with complexity and potential for the astute wine investor.

 

Terroir at its Core: A Tapestry Woven with Delicacy

The Griottes Chambertin terroir, a small yet celebrated parcel within Gevrey-Chambertin, blessed this wine with its distinctive profile. In much veneration among collectors and enthusiasts, Domaine Fourrier's meticulous vines capture the plenitude of this land. The 2012 vintage is no different—expressing articulate notes of dark cherry and earthy undertones, which give way to an alluring hint of spice and structured tannins.

Upon tasting, one finds a resounding depth girded by a lattice of minerality that is the lifeblood of Burgundian terroir. As this Grand Cru gracefully ages, its inherent complexity becomes ever more pronounced, promising a tapestry that continues to unfold over time.

 

Investing in Legacy: An Unmissable Proposition

The enduring legacy of Griottes Chambertin Grand Cru invariably makes each vintage an indelible artefact, and none more so than the 2012 from Domaine Fourrier. With its poised elegance and lingering finish, this vintage stands out as a testament to Jean-Marie's expertise and the resiliency of Burgundy in a challenging year. Savvy investors and connoisseurs alike should note the investment potential as maturity beckons further revelations from this storied cuvée.

Critics only occasionally encounter vintages that truly ignite their long-standing passion for winemaking artistry—such is the stature of the 2012 Griottes Chambertin Grand Cru from Domaine Fourrier. Here lies an opportunity not merely for acquisition but also for participation in a narrative punctuated by nature's whims and a vintner's guiding hand—a robust addition to any serious collection, poised to command attention as its legacy unfurls.

Market price (USD)

$15,170.00

12x75cl

Highest score

94

POP score

887.86

Scores and tasting notes

94

Tasted at the Comte Liger-Belair vertical at the Château de Vosne. The 2012 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Cras comes sprinting out of the blocks with macerated black cherries, blueberry and raspberry fruit interlaced with sous-bois and woodland scents. I appreciate the joie-de-vivre expressed in this wine. The palate is medium-bodied with some new oak to be fully subsumed, but there is impressive substance here with a spicy tang on the long finish. This has no intention of growing up to be a subtle wine - and it is all the better for it. Tasted June 2015.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 July 2015

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