Holiday Countdown 2023 (DAY 2) - 2012 Didier Fornerol, Côte De Nuits Village Rouge

Holiday Countdown 2023 (DAY 2) - 2012 Didier Fornerol, Côte De Nuits Village Rouge

These are the top wines that stood out among the thousands of wines I tasted this year. Some are always in stock, some are rare and hard to find, but all of them are sure to fill you with joy this Holiday Season.   
DAY 2:    
There is absolutely no single thing in the world quite like perfectly aged red Burgundy. These wines grab hold of your attention like nothing else, slowing the world down for just a minute or two, immersing your senses in their beauty. 

Today's wine has been patiently resting in the deep, cold cellars of Didier Fornerol for over ten years. Fornerol is a bygone-era vigneron, whose diligent farming and no-nonsense approach in the cellar have made him a magnet for Burghounds looking for elite wines at pragmatic prices. His wines over deliver every single time.

I've been lucky enough to secure a small parcel of this excellent 2012 (and 2013), and I can say without a doubt, this one of the best bottes of Burgundy I have had this year. 
From three different vineyards, one west of the village of Corgoloin, one near the town cemetery and the last along the Route de Villiers at a higher elevation. Fruit is hand-harvested and fermented whole-cluster with manual punch downs, then aged for 16 months in barrel, 10% new. Held back and aged years longer in bottle before release.

Complexity abounds on the nose, with soft, delicate red fruits accented with baking spice, tanned leather, white truffle and cigar box. The palate is beautiful: silken, earthy red fruits glide across the tongue intertwined with more spice, all framed by lithe tannins. Brimming with life, yet starting to reveal its true self, this is red Burgundy in it's prime. 
Didier Fornerol makes old-school Burgundy. Having very little in terms of family history, Fornerol has worked tirelessly to get where he is today. After attaining the coveted title of Vineyard Manager at Domaine de L'Arlot, he eventually set out on his own and today farms 6 hectares across the Côte de Nuits appellation. His focus is entirely on whole-cluster wines, with minimal intervention in the cellar.

His skill as a winemaker is attested to by his astounding wines, each a profoundly complex expression of such an often overlooked part of Burgundy. 


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Justin Coleman
Monarch Wine Merchants



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