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.
It’s quite earthy, almost to liquorice, with plum and cherry, plus a little spice and floral notes, yet has an appealing freshness, cut and clarity. Some succulence and roundness, but with a sappy and fine ‘mineral’ feel to the acidity, tight fine grained tannin, and clean finish, with a sprinkle of dried herb, orange peel, soil and dark fruit. I’ve had the bottle open for a day or so, and it put on weight and improved. Have to say, this is good value for red Burgundy, yet again. Pushing it to 93 points. Tasted: Sept 18; Alcohol: 13%; Price: $70; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2019-2028+; Rated: 93 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Deep black plums on the nose with some spices and licorice. Serious concentration for this appellation. There is a nice freshness lifting the firm body and giving the long, spice and licorice finish a light touch. If you can't afford a top Côte de Nuits wine, this is a very good alternative. Drink or hold. Rating: 91 Points; JamesSuckling .com
A discreet application of wood sets off the pretty array of plum, earth and red and dark currant scents. There is a bit more volume to the medium-bodied flavors that possess a velvety mid-palate while delivering better persistence on the ever-so-slightly rustic finish. This too is quite good. Drink: 2022+; Rating 89-91 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
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