Dominio Fournier, one of the foremost new wineries in the Ribera el Duero D.O., has been lauded by the Guía Peñín. The achievement comes courtesy of Dominio Fournier Crianza 2016 and Dominio Fournier Reserva 2015, which were awarded 91 and 92 points respectively in the 31st edition of the guide.
With these results the tasting panel at what is considered to be one of Spain’s leading specialist publications has signalled its recognition of the exceptional character of the wines produced by Dominio Fournier. The winery is located in the Milla Escondida, an area of the Designation where, thanks to the unique soil and climate, the vineyards produce fruit of extraordinary quality.
Winemakers Marian Santamaría and Laura Terrazas’ love of detail is evident the moment you step into the vineyards, where some of the vines are more than 60 years old, although the average age is 37. From the first budburst in spring through to the autumn harvest, their experience, passion and commitment inform every step they take in making Dominio Fournier Crianza 2016 and Dominio Fournier Reserva 2015. Their overriding concern is to remain faithful to the region’s best winemaking tradition and create wines that are a proud expression of their origin, underpinned by manual work, small plots and minute attention to detail.
This approach is keenly reflected in Dominio Fournier Crianza 2016 which, following 12 months in French oak barrels, becomes an elegant, structured red, and Dominio Fournier Reserva 2015, which spends 18 months in new French oak barrels, completing its ageing in bottle for a further 18 months to develop its extraordinary flavour, intensity and complexity to perfection. Both of these D.O. Ribera del Duero wines are a perfect match for mature cheese, cured meats, game dishes, entrecote steak and roast baby lamb.