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Domaine Faiveley

Claude Berthaudin and Maxime Bertin

A clear sky was finally upon us, and on a bright and beautiful day not long ago we had the privilege of tasting the wines of the Domaine Faiveley. With the Berthaudin SA sales team and a handful of important customers, we spent the day with a lively tasting of the 2016 vintage and a visit to the bright, newly-renovated cellar oriented towards the Nuits-Saint-Georges vineyard.

Founded upon no fewer than seven successive generations of the same family, it's hard to know where to begin to describe the extraordinary history of the Domaine Faiveley. Starting in 1825 with its founder, Pierre, every generation through the years has worked in a spirit of complete respect to preserve the legacy of their ancestors and develop this family winegrowing estate.

In 2005, Erwan took the reins from his father François. Quietly but confidently, he began a genuine style revolution: more refined wines began to prevail, reds gained in subtlety and elegance, whites became fresher with greater minerality, and the terroirs asserted their class and distinction. Amidst all of this, the correct maturity was also given its rightful place.

A system of sustainable management ensures the vineyard is perfectly maintained. 'We reintroduced ploughing and tilling with the objective of transitioning to organic methods. And we revolutionised our cellars as well, starting with a complete review of the casks and barrels in order to retain only the best coopers (essentially Taransaud and François Frères) and only barrels from wood that has dried for three years, in order to prevent any harshness in the wine. We have also made changes to our pressing processes to achieve purer juices without the tannins from stones,' explained Erwan Faiveley. Finally, the vinification processes have been altered too. 'We now only work using gravity flow without any pumping that could harm the wine, and with milder vinification profiles.

In the course of a few vintages, Erwan left a strong personal imprint on the domaine.

After the wonderful visit to discover the impressive barrel ageing cellars, we now came to the tasting.

Jérôme Flous, the estate's director of wines and vineyards for over 10 years, was our guide for the day and presented us with his finest ambrosia.

First up were the REDS, some of which had already been bottled.

These were lively wines with attractive colours that are not too dark, and a fragrant nose. The palates were mild with good concentration and fullness and surprisingly delicate aromas. The finishes were very long and harmonious. We asked for more!

The year 2016 was undoubtedly a strong vintage for fine red wines, though volumes were reduced as a result of frost affecting most appellations.

Our recommendations:

BEAUNE 1er Cru Clos de l’Ecu: for its sunny side and crisp fruitiness.

GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1er Cru Les Cazetiers: a wine with a fine structure that comes very close to a grand cru.

CORTON Grand Cru Clos des Cortons Faiveley: a complex wine that is both strong and easy to drink. A fine pedigree with evolved tannins.

 

Next we came to the WHITES, which in Bourgogne are traditionally sampled after the reds. These grands blancs were quite something else: they had a surprising "foretaste" dominated by the wine's minerality and salinity. They were exceptionally light, without the concentrated and "buttery" aspect of the grand millésimes. Wines to give immediate gratification!

Our recommendations:

MEURSAULT 1er Cru Charmes: subtle, aromatic and sophisticated, with a finish that is both lemony and creamy.

PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er Cru Champ Gain: a warm-tasting wine with notes of citrus and dried apricots that is sunny and cool at the same time.

 

It was difficult for us not to add more wines to our list of recommendations, since everything we tasted was truly out of this world.

The magic did its work on us once again, and we really fell for the charm of this estate. Bourgogne and its great terroirs are magical indeed – we will certainly be back!

Best wishes,

Claude Berthaudin and Maxime Bertin

Recommendations

Corton Clos des Cortons-Faiveley Grand Cru

2013 - 75 cl

Domaine Faiveley

CHF 161.00
Unit price

Corton Clos des Cortons-Faiveley Grand Cru

2014 - 75 cl

Domine Faiveley

CHF 132.00
Unit price

Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Porets Saint-Georges

2014 - 75 cl

Domaine Faiveley

CHF 54.30
Unit price

Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Porets Saint-Georges

2012 - 37,5 cl

Domaine Faiveley

CHF 35.50
Unit price

Meursault

2014 - 75 cl

Domaine Faiveley

CHF 49.60
Unit price

Mercurey "La Framboisière"

2016 - 75 cl

Domaine Faiveley

CHF 26.50
Unit price

Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Myglands

2014 - 75 cl

Domaine Faiveley

CHF 29.80
Unit price

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers

2014 - 75 cl

Domaine Faiveley

CHF 73.00
Unit price

Beaune 1er Cru Clos de l'Ecu

2016 - 75 cl

Domaine Faiveley

CHF 48.00
Unit price

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