Lightness and elegance required

Dinner required something light and elegant to go with it. I required something good in order to celebrate being broken out of hospital. Our requirements were fulfilled by this lovely village-level Burgundy. The producer has become, in only a few short years, a really Good Thing.

Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echezeaux Vieille Vigne 2001, Domaine Fourrier

The nose has plenty of refined fruit. Nice fruit, pretty fruit! It also has a blood-soaked stone character that has become more pronounced as the wine has been allowed to breathe. This wine is like a slightly more masculine Morey-St-Denis. The palate has real refinement, good complexity and is very concentrated. Fruit flavours persist on the finish for a very long time. The acidity keeps this very lively and balanced. Its tannins are a bit tough at present, it needs another year (or two) in the cellar, but this is undoubtedly damned-good village-level Burgundy.

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