With over thirty harvests under his belt, Regis Forey exudes the calm, warm confidence of a seasoned Burgundian vigneron operating at the apex of his powers. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Regis crafted robust, dense wines from his family’s enviable holdings in the Côte de Nuits—impressive wines which have aged superbly, but which do occasionally bear traces of a certain youthful striving. In recent years, however, he has honed a style that prioritizes subtlety in numerous ways: a shift from traditional 228-liter Burgundy barrels to 500-liter demi-muids in order to reduce the influence of oak; less manipulation of the cap during fermentation (once-per-day punching down at most) to promote gentler extraction; an increasing incorporation of whole clusters (which reduce color and emphasize higher aromatic tones); and a markedly reduced sulfur regimen.
A rock-solid source of pure, chiseled red Burgundy for us for over 25 years now, Domaine Jérôme Chezeaux is undergoing a particularly exciting phase right now. While the wines have always been honest and delicious, the last few vintages show a level of finesse and precision which—in a just world—would vault them into the top ranks of the Côte d’Or’s elite. Furthermore, Jérôme’s daughter Lyse, having completed a series of international internships, has now joined her father full-time, her brightness and enthusiasm adding a wonderful dimension to our visits to the family cellar.
We began our work with Jean Chauvenet, the founder of this domaine, in 1982 and for over twenty years we participated as the exclusive US importer for the estate’s wines and observed with pleasure as Jean Chauvenet and then, his son-in-law, Christophe Drag, built this domaine into one of the most highly respected producers working the vineyards of Nuits-Saint-Georges.
Wines: Bourgogne Rouge, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Perrieres, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru “Aux Argillas”, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru “Les Bousselots”, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru “Les Damodes”, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru “Les Poulettes”, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru “Les Vaucrains”, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru “Rue de Chaux”
We were introduced to Jérome Chézeaux in the mid-1990s by Régis Forey, whose father, Jean, was amongst our very first suppliers of wine from the Cote de Nuits back in 1980.
Wines: Bourgogne Rouge, Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru “Aux Boudots”, Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru “Les Pruliers”, Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru “Les Vaucrains”, Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru “Rue de Chaux”, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne Romanée, Vosne Romanée 1er Cru “Les Chaumes”, Vosne Romanée 1er Cru “Les Suchots”