The Fournier family have lived in Marsannay since the 17th Century. Yet, it wasn’t until 1962 the Jean Fournier established his family winery. Although Jean, now close to 75 years old, continues to take a hands on approach in the vineyards, the domaine has passed into the capable hands of his son Laurent who has been making wine with his father since 2001. Jean Fournier is perhaps best known for producing quality wines from Marsannay at some of the best value in Burgundy. Laurent’s passion for his work is evident, having been awarded the Cote de Nuits’ Young Vigneron of the Year in 2011, he campaigns tirelessly to secure Premier Cru sites in Marsannay, where many of the domaine’s top single-vineyard reds can be found.
The domaine’s 22.5 hectares of vines stretch across both the Cote de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune, allowing them to produce a range of 25 different wines. Like his father, Laurent champions a non-interventionist approach as well as environmentally friendly agricultural methods, respecting the terroir and the vines they work. The vineyards are ploughed by horse and the vines, which range between 20 and 90 years old, are planted at a density of 13,000 to 20,000 per hectare – tightly packed in comparison with the usual 10,000 vines per hectare. This approach increases competition between the vines and forces them to sink their roots ever deeper, resulting in a more pronounced mineral signature that is directly linked to the terroir of each vineyard.
In the cellar Laurent aims to capture the character of the fruit and the soil and keep intervention to minimum. Not more than 20% of new oak is used and only a tiny amount of sulphur is added after the malolactic fermentation. Laurent’s wines, both whites and reds are full of energy and vitality and punch way above their village cru level, offering finesse, precision and complexity at very attractive prices.