2017 Forey Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Gaudichots (750ml)15 5 0 0
92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound
This is spicier still with its broad-ranging nose of red and dark pinot fruit, violet, Asian tea and dried orange peel hints, all of which is again trimmed by soft wood influence. There is a bit more minerality present on the vibrant and intense medium weight flavors that possess excellent delineation that carries over to the firm pure and tautly muscular finish. This youthfully austere effort is going to require at least moderate patience as it's on the compact side today.
Régis Forey describes the 2018 growing season as "one was so exceptionally hot and dry that gave us very ripe raw materials to work with. I chose to wait to pick until the 12th of September as I didn't feel as though the tannins were sufficiently ripe and while that strategy did work for the tannins, the compromise is that I don't have one wine that came in under 14%. I suppose that's a plus for my American importer and avoiding the tariffs though all joking aside, that's not why I look for in a wine. With that said, if I have to choose between under ripe tannins and higher alcohols levels, for me it's an easy choice. There was an early season mildew attack that had us on edge and then July brought 3 different hailstorms that affected some of my vines in Nuits. Despite these problems, yields averaged right at 37 hl/ha and I used 40 to 80% whole clusters for everything including the Bourgogne. I also chose to use a bit more new wood than usual though with a very light toast and the barrels ends are untoasted. Stylistically, I would compare the 2018s to the 2017s but with better concentration and ripeness levels. (From a .30 ha parcel of vines) (1/2020)