Domaine Forey Pere & Fils

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This small but outstanding domaine was created in 1840 by the great-grandfather of Régis Forey, the current proprietaire. One of the first estates to grace our portfolio (in 1982), we began our work with this gem in the village of Vosne Romanée when Jean Forey, the father of Régis, was the reigning vigneron. We had been introduced to Monsieur Forey by Claudette Amiot, wife of Bernard Amiot, our very first grower contact in the Cote de Nuits. We have been working with the Forey domaine ever since our initial visit when we purchased the wines from the 1980 vintage for export to the USA. The 1987 vintage marked the entry of Régis into the domaine on a full-time basis and he became fully responsible for all aspects of production and winemaking with the 1989 vintage. In contrast to the wines of his father, who produced seductive wines of finesse and delicacy, Régis expresses a more masculine personality as his wines show exceptional concentration and depth.

The Forey domaine now exploits about 10 hectares of vineyards; 5 as proprietaire and 5 through the systems of fermage and metayage. The primary family holdings are in Nuits Saint Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Flagey-Echezeaux. With the recent additions, the domaine extends its reach into the villages of Vougeot and Morey Saint Denis, as well.

A manual harvest is followed by a 3 to 4 day cold maceration. The cuvaison usually continues for three to four weeks. During that time Forey does a pigeage the extent of which depends on the underlying structure of the vintage. The malolactic fermentation occurs in barrel. There is now only one racking done during the period of elevage. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered after spending 16 to 20 months in small oak barrels and demi-muids (used primarily for the village and simple Bourgogne appellations) with 20% to 50% new oak used depending on the structure and the character of the vintage as well as the amount produced of each individual cuvée.

Forey-Bourgogne-PN Bourgogne Rouge: This wine is produced from various holdings in Vosne and Nuits, all of which are old vines (from vines planted between 1954 and 1974). The elevage is done in the larger demi-muid barrel format and is usually the last wine harvested but the first wine to be bottled. We purchase between four and five barrels (1200 to 1500 bottles) annually.

Bourgogne Passetoutgrain: Comprised of 50% each Pinot Noir and Gamay, Forey’s juicy, user-friendly Passetoutgrain is produced from two old-vines parcels—one below Morey-Saint-Denis and one below Nuits-Saint-Georges. The varieties are co-fermented, and aging takes place in stainless steel to keep the fruit foregrounded and lively.

Forey-Vosne-Romanee Vosne Romanée: Forey farms 14 separate parcels that cover together a bit more than one hectare to create the village Vosne Romanée. Most of the vineyards are on the northern side of Vosne bordering Vougeot. The oldest parcel was planted in 1942 and the major portion of this wine is from vines in excess of 40 years of age. Forey ages this wine in a mix of small barrel and demi-muid.
Forey-NSG Nuits St. Georges: This village wine is from three parcels of about one hectare total size that are planted to vines of more than sixty years of age. The two primary parcels are in “Plantes Aux Barons” (.40 hectare) and “Charbonnieres” (.60 hectare), both of which are in Prémeaux on its northern border with Nuits. These low-yielding old vines produce a concentrated and classic Nuits.
Forey-Morey-Saint-Denis Morey St. Denis: The village offering from Morey Saint Denis is sourced from grapes in “Clos Solon” and and “Les Crais”. The vines were planted in 1966 and another section in 1986. Under most circumstances, Forey does not rack his wines during elevage, permitting the wines to rest on the fine lies until they are racked when ready for bottling.
Forey-Morey-Saint-Denis-PC Morey St. Denis 1er Cru: There is precious little wine produced from this miniscule parcel of less than 1/10th of a hectare of 40 year old vines (as of 2009). The single parcel crosses the boundary of two 1er Crus: “Les Blanchards” and “Clos Baulet”.
Forey-NSG-PC-Perrieres Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Perrieres: In this, one of the great vineyards of Nuits, the Forey family has owned 0.42 hectares of vines for many generations. The vines were planted between 1937 and 1942. This cuvée, for us, has been consistently outstanding, never being anything but excellent for the thirty years we have been purchasing it (1980 through 2009).
Forey-NSG-PC-Les-Saint-Georges Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les St. Georges: Forey controls one-fifth of a hectare in this lieu-dit, perhaps the finest in the entire appellation. The vines were planted in 1933. Old vines are wonderful but that factor makes for very tiny production which makes this one of the most highly-allocated wines in our entire portfolio.
Forey-Vosne-Romanee-PC-Les-Petits-Monts Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Petits Monts: Like the Nuits Les Saint Georges, Forey exploits a mere one-fifth of a hectare in this elite lieu-dit which is situated just above Richebourg. The vines were planted in 1970. Again, production levels are miniscule leading to the necessity of severe annual allocations.
Forey-Vosne-Romanee-PC-Les-Gaudichots Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Gaudichots: As many of you know, the Grand Cru La Tache was born from the Gaudichots vineyard. The Forey family has owned their parcel of Gaudichots for many generations. When I made my first visit to the Forey cellars, the one barrel (sometimes a barrel plus a “feuillette” was made in particularly generous vintages) was blended back into the village Vosne Romanée. I argued that it made sense to do the extra work to bottle a separate wine declared as Vosne 1er Cru “Les Gaudichots” and Jean Forey agreed. The 1983 vintage was the first that was so declared and we have had the privilege of presenting this great and rare wine ever since.
Forey-Echezeaux-GC Echezeaux Grand Cru: This fine Grand Cru is from a Forey-owned parcel of three-tenths of a hectare. The precise site is in the climats of “Les Treux” and “Clos Saint Denis” which generally are geographically between “Les Suchots” and “Les Grands Echezeaux”. One third of the vines were planted in 1949 with the rest being planted in two waves: 1974 and again in 2004.

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru: Forey works a one-third hectare parcel in the northern part of the Montiotes Basses section of the Clos. One part of the vines were planted in 1968 and another part in 1972. Forey’s version of this appellation is particularly sturdy.

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