Eye-Opening Burgundy - Refinement and Value:
2020 Fornerol Côte de Nuits - Villages Rouge

Posted by Ian McFadden

Fornerol's Burgundies feel like time capsules.

Their grace and lightness harken back to old-school Burgundy.

I have a soft spot for Côte de Nuits, mostly due to Bachelet's wines. Didier Fornerol takes Côte de Nuits to a level of class that I thought was impossible.

photo of label  of Fornerol Cote de Nuits

For many vintages, Fornerol's Côte de Nuits-Villages Rouge is a staff and customer favorite. The wine offers a rare combination of rigor, deliciousness, and value.

The 2020 Côte de Nuits-Villages Rouge is beautifully silken. It's a powerful and layered example of the wine while maintaining the wine's hallmark refinement and detail. There's a dark staining minerality that animates the wine. 

Didier Fornerol was the vineyard manager and cellar master at Domaine de L’Arlot from 1982 until 1998. In 1999, he returned to his family's domaine. Today, he has really fine-tuned the winemaking at the domaine with crucial help from L'Arlot's legendary Jean-Pierre de Smet. Given how much we've loved many of the older L'Arlot wines, it's no surprise that Fornerol is so important for us.

I'll close with a warning. We received a modest allocation. Given the demand for this wine, we're expecting a quick sell out. Please give us your ideal order, and we'll try our best.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

William Kelley, The Wine Advocate: "Notes of cherries, raspberries, sweet spices and loamy soil introduce the 2020 Côte de Nuits-Villages, a medium to full-bodied, velvety and concentrated wine that's layered and incipiently complex, with lively acids and powdery structuring tannins. The vintage delivers unusual color and muscle, but not at the expense of Fornerol's customary elegance."