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Fornerol's Superb Cote de Nuits

Red Burgundy prices have skyrocketed after a series of short vintages and insatiable demand around the world. Finding wines that offer great value and quality in the glass is an increasingly difficult task. Today, however, we can offer the wines of Didier Fornerol, who William Kelley states as making "wines that would embarrass, nay humiliate, plenty of winemakers' grander appellations in a blind tasting."

The Côte de Nuits Villages is an exceptional and pure Pinot Noir that is delicious in youth but has the structure to age. We can offer both the focused and fine 2017, and the plusher and deep 2018 vintages - in bottle and magnum. Didier Fornerol learnt his trade during a decade's work at Domaine d'Arlot, and returned to his family domaine in 1999, where he has been making traditional, pure Pinot Noir ever since. Kelley says "there's no smoke or mirrors at this address" with the focus on "thoughtful viticulture, vinification with a considerable percentage of whole clusters and careful élevage." 

We recently tasted both vintages of the Côte de Nuits Villages and were suitably impressed. They transparently showcase the vintage conditions - 2017 has real definition, with cool fruit, chalky structure and savoury depth. The 2018 is rounder, fuller and darker in fruit, a sheen coating the fine, ripe tannins. These are perfect wines for Burgundy lovers, offering depth, typicity and pure drinkability. They remain amongst the region's hidden gems. 

 

William Kelley on Didier Fornerol:

I'm mortified that it has taken me so long to report to the Wine Advocate's readers on the impressive wines of Didier Fornerol. But better late than never. After over a decade at Domaine d'Arlot, Fornerol returned to his six-hectare family domaine in Corgoloin in 1999, and ever since—based on older bottles that I've recently had the occasion to drink—he has been turning out terrific wines. There's no smoke or mirrors at this address, just thoughtful viticulture, vinification with a considerable percentage of whole clusters and careful élevage in barrel with minimal percentages of new oak. The results are striking wines that would embarrass, nay humiliate, plenty of winemakers' grander appellations in a blind tasting—and not just out of the gates, but with bottle age too. Complex, perfumed and elegant, the wines merit a place in any serious Burgundy lover's cellar, and the modest tariff they command proves that great Burgundy remains, for the time being, accessible to all.

Cote de Nuits Villages 2017

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Burgundy2017Cote de Nuits Villages, Domaine Didier Fornerol

UK sales only

MG6 \ 036240.00690 WK3626.66666666666790.0090.00Cote de Nuits Villages, Fornerol1.510
Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

Drinking beautifully today, the 2017 Côte de Nuits-Villages offers up expressive aromas of plums and red berries mingled with warm spices and sweet soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, with lively acids and melting tannins, it's suave and seamless.

90
William Kelley, Wine Advocate, January 2022

Cote de Nuits Villages 2018

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Burgundy2018Cote de Nuits Villages, Domaine Didier Fornerol

UK sale only

BT14 \ 0 168240.001289+ WK16826.66666666666789.1089.10Cote de Nuits Villages, Fornerol0.7510
Burgundy2018Cote de Nuits Villages, Domaine Didier Fornerol

UK sales only

MG9 \ 054260.00689+ WK5428.88888866666789.1089.10Cote de Nuits Villages, Fornerol1.510
Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

Richer and chunkier, the 2018 Côte de Nuits-Villages delivers notes of raspberries, plums, sweet spices and petals, followed by a medium to full-bodied, concentrated and youthfully chewy palate. This will be very good, but it will demand a little patience. Since Fornerol is in no hurry to sell his wines young, that won't be a problem.

89+
William Kelley, Wine Advocate, January 2022
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