This is just hitting its stride, with the vineyard’s vivid minerality really starting to peek through as that exuberant Fourrier fruit becomes less assertive. I find Fourrier’s wines locate a unique convergence of hedonistic and intellectual appeal, a reality I find particularly in this wine. There is something about this CSJ’s ebullient generosity that is just an absolute joy to experience. - Jason
From super old vines dating back to 1910 that always produce tiny berries, Jean-Marie brings the highest expression of Clos Saint Jacques along with the mighty Rousseau. The 2014 is showing beautifully, revealing an integrated mid-palate with lots of bright red cherry; a touch of oak spice throughout with a bloody and fresh minerality. It’s another outstanding CSJ that shows top class complexity and layers. - Daniel
Fourrier has the smallest parcel (of the 5 producers) in Clos Saint Jacques, yet his bottles have an outsize reputation for good reason. More so even than Rousseau's, whose Clos St Jacques provides the completest expression of this great vineyard, Fourrier's CSJ best expresses the vibrant red fruits and penetrating minerality of the site. There are few better illustrations of the cornucopia of small red berries that can magically be conjured by Pinot Noir than this wine at its peak.
Raspberry, red cherry and red currant aromatics verily soar from the glass of the 2014 CSJ and the palate is sublimely elegant, with layers of glossy tannin enlivened by minerality. There are violets and gentle herbal elements as well yet the wine remains quite primary in its own jubilant fashion. The paradigm case of a precise wine in this cool and classic vintage. Graceful, nuanced and yet with intensity that renders the wine memorable. It is clear that this is still an early stage along a long life- it will be fascinating to follow and I encourage you to take advantage of the lowest prices in the US.