2019 Jean Fournier Coteaux Bourguignons 'Origines Blanc'
This is a fresh, aromatic blend of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris from... Burgundy. Yep, you read that right. It’s actually how most white Burgundy used to be, before a nasty bug called Phylloxera wiped out most of Europe’s vines in the late 1800’s. Most of Burgundy was re-planted with the higher-yielding Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc and Gris were mostly forgotten. Domaine Jean Fournier dates back to the reign of Louis 13th in the early 17th century, making it one of the oldest properties in Marsannay. Today the Domaine’s 16 hectares are helmed by the dynamic young Laurent Fournier, son of Jean, who crafts wines with integrity in a non-interventionist style. He has converted the vineyards to biodynamic agriculture and has been Ecocert certified since 2008. 66% Pinot Blanc and 33% Pinot Beurot (Pinot Gris), fermentation and aging in large, neutral oak barrels and stainless steel tank. No yeast added, no fining, lenticulaire filtration. It has a brush of wild honey and almond on the nose. The clean, fresh palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity and a slightly grassy finish.