Due to the concentration of great crus, names such as Romané-Conti, La Tâche, Richebourg, La Romanee, Crox-Parantoux, or Romanee-Saint-Vivant, Vosne-Romanee is considered by many the best place on Earth to produce Pinot-Noir wines. It is also said that there is no common wine in Vosne, something hard to believe. However, is it true that there are affordable wines that delivers high quality and some of the beautiful style that the area is capable of. We talk about wines of elegance and richness at the same time, aristocratic. Do they have everything?
That of Regis Forey is a small domain founded in 1840 by his gran-grandfather. Regis became part of the domain in the 1987 vintage. In 1989 he was already responsible of every aspect of the wine making process. Today, they own 4.5 ha of vineyard and exploit another 5 ha as metayage. Those grapes of this Vosne village come from ten different parcels, most of them by the Clos de Veugeot. Additionally, the domain owns parcels in places such as Les Petit Monts and Les Gaudichots at Vosne, Les St. Georges at Nuits, and a couple of grand cru pieces at Echezeaux and Clos de Veugeot.
Harvesting is a manual process here that is not delayed in order to keep a good acidity levels. There is a 3-4 day cold-soaking before fermentation, process that takes place in the same deposits all along 3-4 weeks. During this time, pigeage is carried out three times per day. There is just one racking, in order to keep the wine protected from oxidation as much as possible, during the 16-20 months the wines are kept in barrels. The percentage of new barrels here is between 20 and 50 percent, depending on the wine and the vintage. The wine is bottled without clarification or filtration.
Regis Forey considers 2002 a vintage that evidences each village identity. He finds his Vosne wines more lineal and severe than his Nuits that are more velvety. However, he also appreciates less quality differences among classifications. For him, 2002 is an opulent vintage. Wines were not chaptalized and acidity levels were around ph3.5 after the malo-lactic fermentation.
So what about this one? In the glass it shows a medium-light colour intensity. The nose is clean, with a well defined varietal character: red fruits, flowers, dried leaves. The wood is also present but not too loud. The wine is really fresh in the mouth, very well balanced, silky and consistent. Good persistence.
Clearly 2002 is a good year to acquire village wines and to know the different Burgundy zones. It is a vintage full of expressive and enjoyable wines. This Vosne is a nice wine, a good Burgundy representative with a price that, while is not cheap, is affordable. And finally, we have to thank that in Regis Forey we have a producer that keeps doing its wine to a more traditional taste, without concessions to fashions or tendencies.