The 2022 Bourgogne Rouge is crunchy and fresh, with just pristine and delicious fruit from the moment you open the bottle. It is pure Pinot pleasure, high-toned and fine, and before the rest of the world discovers the amazing wines of Jérôme Fornerot, you can pick up some of the best under-$30 red Burgundies we’ve offered all year.
Located in Saint-Aubin, Fornerot, a second-generation vigneron, historically sold much of his fruit to the negoce. His old vine holdings in some of St Aubin, Santenay, and Maranges’ top sites guaranteed high prices, and for an up-and-comer who had been building his estate in real time over the last 20 years, quick cash in hand was significant.
So, as I walked into our meeting last June knowing the quality of his holdings, my expectations for the wines were sky-high. On that point, all expectations were exceeded. It’s a flat-out delicious vintage, and Jérôme’s wines did all the talking. But how many bottles I could actually bring back to the States for Nicholas Wines?
Let’s just say I would have been happy with a few cases of wine for the restaurant and my cellar. Turns out my timing was just right, as was my pitch arguing that a small release of Bourgogne Rouge was the perfect wine to start building the brand in the US. For the very first time, we have 10 cases of prime, old-vine Pinot from the stony sites on the cold side of Santenay.
Joseph Faiveley Bourgogne Pinot Noir is a sensational value that is almost silly at this price point. It has much more of a $50-75/bottle pedigree, but it speaks to just how good of an estate this is.This wine has super fresh, lively red-fruit aromas on the nose, and the cleanest fruit on the mouth. It’s elegant with ripe fruit and some great structure and balance. A home run of a Pinot in this range.
This is a special wine from a small and incredibly hardworking family producer. The wine is drawn off a 0.26-hectare parcel of roughly 45-year old vines in the lieu dit ‘Les Vireux’ which borders its very expensive neighbor, Meursault lieu dit Les Vireuils. The east facing slope and shallow stony soils of this parcel account for a gorgeous and rich expression with juicy and bright lemon-lime and white peach flavors that carry through a long, intensely mineral finish.
The aristocratic 2002 Savigny-les-Beaunes 1er cru Lavieres is just starting to hit its stride. The color is a bright, ruby red, with a marvelous bouquet of dark fruits laced with savory spice. The earth-tinged fruit is fresh and fine, dancing across the palate, vibrant and quite long. We drank this over a few hours; its development in the glass was a pleasure. There are so many layers to this wine, be sure to take your time with it.
Lydia Cornu’s newly released Haut-Côtes-du-Beaune is quintessential Red Burgundy. It’s made from super old vines and a low yield, with no new oak in the aging process. The wine is an absolute joy to drink– a bowl full of berries on the nose, high-toned, racy fruit in the mid palate with the structure and length that is the hallmark of Cornu-Camus wines. It’s delicious now and will be delicious in a decade. It’s the kind of Red Burgundy value that is ridiculous hard to match.