Introducing the Partnership at Bass Phillip of Phillip Sydney Jones and Jean-Marie Fourrier
As of April 2020, Bass Phillip wines has welcomed the entry of new strategic partners – Jean-Marie Fourrier (of Domaine Fourrier) and associates. In this new phase of growth moving forward, Jean-Marie Fourrier will begin to take an active and primary role in the management of the vineyards and the wine production process as Chief Winemaker of Bass Phillip wines. Founder of Bass Phillip wines - Phillip Jones - with his intimate knowledge of the terroir and the exquisite style of Bass Phillip wines, will continue to be actively involved as a Senior Consultant to Bass Phillip wines.
Jean-Marie and Phillip share a common approach to wine production, inspired by the great Henri Jayer from Vosne Romanee, and having first met twelve years ago in South Gippsland, they have decided to join forces to carry on the development of fine wines with texture and complexity.
It is indeed an exciting time as Bass Phillip wines grows internationally and will benefit from the combined experiences and skillsets of two truly exceptional world class winemakers and specialists of the Pinot Noir grape.
Background of Phillip Jones
Phillip Jones commenced his wine career in 1979 at the age of 32, having spent an early career in telecommunications and IT research. He was captured by the great wines of Burgundy (eg. Charles Rousseau and Henri Jayer) in the early eighties, which set him on the path of finding an appropriate region and appropriately organic techniques to develop pinot noir wines with depth and fine texture. He laboured for years without results and finally entered the Australian market in 1991. Since then, his Bass Phillip pinots have often achieved the highest ratings in the land, including the nomination of his 2010 Reserve pinot noir as the Australian Wine of the Year. The Bass Phillip vineyards have grown to 14 hectares over the past 25 years, much like a small Burgundy Domaine. Phillip believes that in this partnership with Jean-Marie Fourrier, he will have the opportunity to facilitate the growth of Bass Phillip wines to a higher level of excellence.
Background on Jean-Marie Fourier
Jean-Marie Fourrier took over the family 10 hectares property from his father in the mid 1990s at the age of 23 years old. His experience was gained not only at the family domaine in Gevrey Chambertin, but while working at Domaine Drouhin in Oregon and with the legendary Henry Jayer in Vosne-Romanee. Jean Marie was involved in the making of the classic 1988 vintage chez Jayer, and his wine making philosophy is following Jayer’s practices ever since: making great wines begin in the vineyard – and he is fastidious about maintaining healthy, well nurtured vines, and following by strict, extremely natural wine making techniques.
His vision and talents have enabled him to completely turn the estate around at a challenging time when the trend was to follow the over-extraction wave to win high scores with the likes of Robert Parker in the United States.
Ever since he took over the winemaking, the domaine has garnered international acclaim. Assisted by his wife Vicki, the domaine owns 10 hectares of vines spread across the commune of Gevrey-Chambertin with small plots of vines in other villages. The vast majority of the primary estate vineyard of Domaine Fourrier are planted with pinot noir grapes.
Jean-Marie has family in Melbourne, and this new direction for Bass Phillip will enable his family to work together with the established crew at Bass Phillip to enhance the early achievements of this developing brand.