Domaine Jean Fournier Les Vergelesses Premier Cru 2019
WineSpark Price €57.63
It’s hard to find ‘value’ in Burgundy these days, but by coming to WineSpark you’ve already made a good start.
Pernand-Vergelesses might be one of the best value Premier Crus you can get your hands on in all of Burgundy. Especially as it’s located so close to the legendary Corton-Charlemagne.
Laurent picked up this vineyard from a grower neighbour in Marsannay - when he retired, his only daughter wasn’t interested in farming the land.
So Laurent inherited a gem of a vineyard, planted in the 1950s, in excellent health. It produces a very low output of small, concentrated berries.
Pernand-Vergelesses reds have a reputation for being a bit thin and weedy - this wine couldn’t be any different than that. It’s dark, rich and powerful, with a beautiful balance of perfumed fruit and spice.
When I pressed Laurent as to why this particular vineyard was different, he had no idea.
‘C’est le mystère du vin’ he replied, and with that classically French answer, I couldn’t be happier.
|Region of origin||Bourgogne|
|Appellation||Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru AOP|
|Months in Oak||18 months|
|Type of Oak||Barrels (228 l and 600 l)|
|Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts)||None|
|Average age of vines||65 years|
|Average altitude of vines (m)||290 m|
|Soil type(s)||Calcaire à entroque|
|Closure Type||Natural Cork|
|Is this wine organic?||Yes|
|Suitable for vegans?||Yes|
|Ageing potential||15 years|
|Ideal drinking window||2025 - 2030|
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