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Based in Nuits-St-Georges, the famous Domaine Faiveley was founded in 1825 and in more recent times, the domaine has greatly expanded its vineyards across the entire Cote d'Or. The grapes are entirely destemmed and fermented in a mix of new wooden vats for the top end wines and stainless steel for the lesser cuvées. Once notorious for being fairly austere, there has been less emphasis on extraction over the last ten years and the wines show increased freshness, purity of fruit and more judicious use of oak. A contender for one of the most improved domaines in Burgundy over the last decade.

My take on the Faiveley '04s is that there are a number of very fine and classically styled wines but it must also be noted that overall, they don't quite match the incredible '03s. As an aside, I have never fully understood why the Faiveley wines are not more popular here in the US because the wines age magnificently well. I suspect it's because the wines rarely show well in their youth and require ample time in bottle to soften what can be significant tannic spines but it is precisely this structure that enables them to age so brilliantly. I have tasted any number of very old Faiveley bottles and they have been almost uniformly excellent. In short, provided that you are prepared to age the wines, Faiveley is a name that absolutely should be represented in your cellars.

Lower register and very earthy dark pinot fruit with game, spice and kirsch nuances that complement the sauvage, brawny and sappy mouth coating full-bodied and muscular flavors that culminate in a wonderfully explosive finish. This is a very backward wine with less elegance than the finest in this range but for those who enjoy frank and direct burgs with serious character, this is for you - just be prepared to wait. Tasted: Jan 01, 2006 Score: 90-92 Drink: 2016+ Issue 21 Burghound

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