The Vosne Romanee Gaudichots is fulfilling the fine promise it showed from cask. Made from very old wines – planted in 1930 – on the vineyard located just next to the mighty La Tache. In the bouquet very intense Vosne spices – notes of peony rose and violets, a lovely deep red berry fruit and a quite intense minerality . On the palate layers of lovely pinot fruit – pure and with fine depth. The mineralic backbone of this wine is impressive – and the finish is very foxused and persistent. A beautiful expression of terroir.
The Clos de Vougeot is a step up in concentration from the more mineral driven Echezeaux. In the bouquet pure red wild berries spiced with hints of oak and chocolate. On the palate quite dense and with a powerful midpalate fruit – juicy and quite fresh – with a good energy and intensity. A bigger wine than the Echezeaux but perhaps lacking a bit of the mineralic refinement found in the Echezeaux and Petits Monts.
The Echezeaux is quite expressive and showing quite fine minerality. Made from the two climates Les Treux and Clos Saint Denis in the lower part of the Echezeaux vineyard. In the bouquet lovely red fruit, rose petals and violets … open with a good complexity. On the palate lovely pure red and darker fruit notes – harmonious with a fine length. A fine or perhaps even very fine Echezeaux in the making.
The Vosne Romanee Gaudichots is a more aloof and severe wine than the Petits Monts. Made from very old wines – planted in 1930 – on the vineyard located just next to the mighty La Tache. In the bouquet fine minerality with more dense and sweeter red fruits than the Petits Monts – notes of peony rose and violets. On the palate lovely pinot fruit with fine depth and firmly focused by the very powerful terroir. It’s long tight and more dense. Lacking a bit of the extrovert charm found in the Petits Monts – this is a wine for cellaring.
The Vosne Romanee Petits Monts is my favorite wine in the Forey lineup. The bouquet is very expressive with red and darker forest berries – lovely Vosne spices with notes of violets and peony rose. On the palate a very good energy and nerve in the lovely red fruit. Fine depth in the fruit – love the playful minerality and fresh acidity … a really beautiful wine.
The Les Saint-Georges is a step up from the Perrieres – and a more terroir driven wine. It’s made from very old wines planted back in 1933. In the bouquet wild raspberries, blue berries, dark cherries spiced with a earthy minerality and a touch of toasted oak. On the palate more structured than the Perrieres with a masculine power from the fine terroir of Les Saint-Georges. It’s long with a with a good midpalate concentration. A classic Nuits-Saint-Georges in the making.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges Perrieres is showing well. Made from vines planted between 1937 and 1942. In the bouquet dark deep fruit with red and dark cherries. On the palate good body and length …lovely and pure pinot fruit. Perhaps not offering the same spicy complexity as the Vosne village … but a lovely balanced and very drinkable wine.
The Vosne Romanee 2011 is a really beautiful village wine. In the bouquet lovely Vosne spices and a fine expression of forest berries. On the palate lovely pinot fruit with a core quite sweet and lush red fruit – good energy and nerve. It’s well balanced with a good backbone from the fresh acidity and a good minerality. A lovely Vosne village in the making.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges 2011 village is quite approacable and is showing dark berries in the nose. On the palate lovely balanced with a good fresh acidity. It has a lovely fruit on the palate – pure and quite juicy – but is lacking some of the depth found in the Vosne Romanee village. A good and likeable effort.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Perrieres 2010 is a charming and quite straightforward NSG. The bouquet is offering red fruit – cherries and cherry stones – spiced with hints of white peppar. On the palate quite rich, juicy and round fruit – lovely balanced by the good acidity and the fine tannins. Not offering the same complexity as the Vosne 1er crus. Lovely and drinking well …
The Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Saint-Georges 2010 from Forey is a big and classic NSG. The bouquet is offering red fruit with aromas of cherries and raspberries – spiced with gooseberries and a slightly smoked aroma. On the palate quite dense and deep fruit – smooth, round, and quite muscular. Not offering the same complexity as the Vosne 1er crus – but a pure and slightly aloof wine. Quite a lot of tannins present in the finish – but will provide excellent drinking after 15 years in the cellar. A fine and classical Nuits-Saint -Georges.
The Clos de Vougeot 2010 from Regis Forey is a big and somewhat aloof wine. The bouquet offers dark berry fruit with notes of dark cherries, raspberries and hints of chocolate and violets. On the palate quite dense with a supple quite expressive fruit on the midpalate. It’s long and intense with a lovely balance … it’s focused with a good grip from the slightly dusty finely grained tannins. The acidity is fresh and vibrant – and i in some sence compensating for the somewhat dense teroir. A very fine Clos des Vougeot.
The Vosne-Romanee Petits Monts from Regis Forey is a real beauty and perhaps my favorite wine in the 2010 lineup. The bouquet is slightly closed but still very expressive with red berry fruits, good minerality spiced with violets with hints of peony rose. On the palate very elegant and refined with lovely red fruit supported by a playful minerality and a focusing acidity. The fruit is juicy and very energetic with a lovely core of sweet berries and finely grained ripe tannins. A truly beautiful wine.
The Vosne-Romanee village from Regis Forey is a beautiful effort – and one of my favorite wines in the 2010 lineup. The bouquet is quite open with red fruit, liquorice and classical Vosne spices – violets with hints of peony rose. On the palate lovely red fruit supported by a fine minerality and ripe tannins. It’s pure and well balanced – with a very good energy and transparancy for a village wine. A very good and beautiful Vosne village.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges village from Regis Forey is a lovely effort – but not quite in the same league as the Vosne and Morey villages. The bouquet is slightly more closed and tight – offering red fruit with aromas of cherries and raspberries. On the palate quite tight red fruit – pure and well balanced – with a good transparancy and length for this level. A good and classical Nuits-Saint -Georges village.
The Morey-Saint-Denis village from Regis Forey is a very pretty and somewhat understated effort. The bouquet is quite open offering cool red fruit … coulis styled aromas of strawberries and raspberries. On the palate lovely airy red fruit – supple and pure – with a fine balance and length for this level. The tannins are fine and ripe offering a good structure and focus. A lovely transparent and elegant Morey village.
On my October 2012 visit to Burgundy I had the opportunity to visit Domaine Forey Père et Fils
in Vosne Romanee to taste the 2011 vintage from cask.
Domaine Forey Père et Fils is owned and managed by Régis Forey, a big man with a great sense of humor. Régis was a very generous host as we first tasted most of the 2011s from cask, then a selection of the 2010s from bottle and lastly a few older bottles – a fine tasting indeed.
Les Gaudichots 2009 is quite a dark wine. A traditional style Burgundy, for cellaring. Needs time to open up, but has quite a good length and fruit on the palate. Some hints of the very fine terroir. Not showing at the moment but still a fine and maybe even very good to fine effort from Forey.
90 – 92p (2018-2027)
Tasting and rating wine is not exact science … and therefore I prefer to use a scale that reflects that wine is a living organism and that a wine can taste like 94 points one day … and 93 the next day … depending on the moon, the glass, temperature and or my mood!
I therefore use my own rating system here at Winehog.org – a rating system inspired by some of the British wine reviewers but adapted to my view on the Burgundy wines.
The end of points
I have been using the 100 point scale for two decades, and the problems using this scale became more and more apparent during the work with winehog.org. It’s very hard .. or perhaps even impossible to truly consistent ratings with a scale like the 100 points scale.
I therefore changed to my own scale … but still translates my ratings to points … as a service to the readers who prefer the 100 point scale.
The potential is defined by the terroir
The quality or the potential of a wine is in my view defined by the terroir as the complexity and depth in the wine comes from the terroir – that’s the essence of Burgundy – and that’s why Burgundy is so interesting, intriguing and sometimes even frustrating.
It’s very important to note that only the very best terroirs can merrit a top rating. If we look at the best 1er crus – they can indeed rival a lot of the lesser grand cru wines, but it’s very rare to find a 1er cru that can merrit an outstanding rating. And while the best village wines can be fine, they are still village wines – and can almost never merrit a “very fine” rating.
Here is the winehog.org rating system:
- Very Fine
- Very Good
- Above Average
- Below Average
The winehog rating system – converted to points
As mentioned I have indeed used the 100 point scale for many years, and to me it feels natural but sadly also somewhat limiting for work. But as a service to the readers I normally convert the winehog rating to points or a point interval for the readers who prefer this system.
Winehog rating system with the point equivalence:
- Legendary – (99 – 100p)
- Extraordinary – (97 – 98p)
- Outstanding – (95 – 96p)
- Very Fine – (93 – 94p)
- Fine – (91 – 92p)
- Very Good – (88 – 90p)
- Good – (85 – 87p)
- Above Average – (80 – 84p)
- Average – (75 – 79p)
- Below Average – (70 – 74p)
- Poor – (50 – 69p)
… enjoy the wines … and forget the points and ratings!