- Inaugural release from François Millet also of legendary Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüe
- Incredible old vine lieu dit Gevrey-Chambertin
- Produced in very limited quantities
"As you drive from Morey in the south there is a small valley at the start of the Gevry appellation where the Combe is, then you rise up on to the plateau. Le Fourneau sits on the right hand side of the road on this plateau. East facing. Same latitude as Clos de Beze. Apparently in the past there was a furnace in the area, people bringing iron to the site to melt hence the name. Le Fourneau means Furnace, pronounced ‘Four-No’. Vineyard planted in 1963, now 57 years old. Bottled in May 2019.
Francois wanted to make this Gevrey as way of making a contrast with Chambolle and Volnay. Different ‘attitude’, he talks about the grapes needing ‘contact’ during winemaking, thus he needs to pieage that he doesn’t do with Chambolle Musigny or Volnay. If you don’t do pieage he believes it doesn’t get the full expression of the site.
In terms of the label it doesn’t have Le Fourneau printed as on the front as Francois tells me “our grower forgot on his side to mention it on his harvest declaration and therefore versus the administration it was too late” but assures me 100% of the fruit comes from this lieu dit." - Importer's note