On our recent trip to Burgundy, we visited over 20 domaines, which was both incredible and a little exhausting! However if I had to pick a standout domaine that I was most impressed with- it would have to be Domaine Forey!
We arrived at Forey’s cellar in the morning and began our tasting with some 2017’s from the barrel, as well as some 2016’s which had just been bottled. The 2016 was overall more concentrated than I had expected. But the highlight of the visit came later, when we had the opportunity to taste some back vintages from the domaine. Regis kindly opened six old bottles from his cellar, including Morey St Denis 2002, Petit Monts 2004, Gaudichots 1996, Echezeaux 1990, Nuit St Georges 1980 and Vosne Romanee 1962.
We started with the 2002 Morey St Denis – there was plenty of red fruit, earthy, floral notes and spicy complexity. The mouthfeel was very fine. After that we moved to the Petit Monts 2004. I was so looking forward to try this when I saw the line up as Petit Monts has always been a favourite of mine, and Forey’s ’04 didn’t disappointed! On the nose there was beautiful red fruit and hints of spice, with a finish covered with beautiful cinnamon.
My favourite of the whole tasting was the Nuit St Geroges 1980. The wine displayed nice layers with floral, mint, red berries, spice and liquorice on the nose. It was even more vibrant than the Gaudichots, and didn’t taste like a 1980 at all, given how fresh and intense it was.
We finished the tasting with the oldest bottle – a 1962 Vosne Romanee. To be honest, I didn’t have very high expectations for this 56 year old village wine. However, despite being a little bit closed at the beginning, it gradually opened up to become more expressive on the nose with significant spice notes and a touch of the sauvage. In fact it almost suspiciously youthful for such an old villages wine!
It was incredibly generous of Regis to open all these wines for us. The quality of the wines was truly amazing. I was lucky to be there and trying these untouched bottles made it the best morning ever!
– Nickolle Chau