Founded at the turn of the millennium by the Spanish Fournier family (José Manuel Ortega), the winery lies beneath the snow-capped Andes at an altitude of almost 4000 ft above sea level in the beautiful Uco Valley. The new winery – a phoenix rising out of the stony arid soil – combines the best of old and new technology: above ground, stainless steel, oak vats and gravity feeds; underground, a cellar designed to hold 2,800 oak barrels at a constant temperature and humidity.
The three vineyards in the La Consulta region of Mendoza are planted to classic red varieties, with an emphasis on Tempranillo. Working with a number of local growers, Bodegas O. Fournier also buy in high quality grapes from old vines, a system which actively encourages green harvest and low yields. The winemaker is José Spisso, previously from Alta Vista.
The real stars in the Fournier firmament are ACrux, Alfa Crux and BCrux, the top of the range wines named after the two main stars in the Southern Cross constellation.
“…The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet, ripe entry, fine delineation and a very elegant, truffle-tinged finish that is feminine and refined. This is sophisticated, utterly delicious red from O Fournier” Neal Martin, eRobertparker.com (of Alfa Crux Red Blend)
2014 Urban Uco Torrontes, Salta
2013/14 Urban Sauvignon Blanc
2014 BCrux Sauvignon Blanc
2013/14 Urban Tempranillo
2013/14 Urban Malbec
2010/11 BCrux (Tempranillo/Merlot/Malbec) 2010 eRobertParker.com: 90 pts 2011 eRobertParker.com: 91 pts
2006/07/08* Alfa Crux Red Blend (Tempranillo/Malbec/Merlot) 2006 eRobertParker.com: 94 pts 2008 eRobertParker.com: 92 pts
2010 Alfa Crux Malbec (15%+) eRobertParker.com: 93 pts
* 2008 vintage eta Feb 2016