Domaine Jean Fournier is seen as one of the best producers of Marsannay and winemaker Laurent Fournier is certainly at the forefront of elevating Marsannay as a wine and as a community. Fournier’s current holdings cover 17 hectares of vines with many ranging between 20 and 70 years old and covering the most lauded sites of the AOP. With newly planted vines replacing older vines by massale selection, 21 hectares will be producing quality fruit by 2018.
Clos du Roy is a prime candidate for promotion to Premier Cru, should that happen in Marsannay. Domaine, Jean Fournier vines are up to 65 years old, all adding up to something that is both dense and bright, with sharply-drawn fruit and some bristly tannin. Dense purple in colour, the wine has equally dense dark red fruit on the nose. There is a lovely, smoky, toasty intensity on the finish.