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The Evolution of Faiveley

Erwan Faiveley made two important announcements in October.

The first was that a new state-of-the-art cuverie was operational. It is elegant, spacious and efficient and will offer the inestimable advantages of room to work, which is rarely the case in Burgundy’s often cramped wineries.

Faiveley noted that the 2016s were vinified in the new facility but the élevage was still on-going in the vast old cellars.

The second was arguably more important in that it heralds a change in style. Long-time readers may remember that in 2007 the Domaine made the dramatic decision to change the style of its reds, which up to that point could be fairly described as unapologetically old school. In other words, reds that were firmly structured, sturdy and built-to-age for the long-term. In 2007 this at times rustic style was discarded in favour of wines that possessed more elegance and finesse in the hopes of creating more supple burgundies that required less long-term cellaring.

“While we like the current style and what it offers, for several years we were feeling that perhaps we had strayed too far from our roots. To this end, we finally asked if there might not be a way to combine the two in a way that remained true to our history but didn’t require 20 years before the wines were completely ready to drink. So now we’re looking for more density and riper tannins while doing our best to retain a more refined mouthfeel. To achieve this we’re harvesting a few days later in the search for a higher level of phenolic maturity and then vinifying the fruit in a fashion that reduces forced extraction and emphasizes natural extraction. In other words, we will take what the fruit has to give in any given vintage without forcing more out of it that often results in overtly extracted wines.” Faiveley

Erwan Faiveley, the seventh generation owner of one of Burgundy’s largest grand cru site holders, Domaine Faiveley, is making a sharp turn away from his father’s big and tannic winemaking style. After 13 years at the helm of the family estate, the dynamic Burgundy scion confessed that it was only in 2012 that he began to achieve exactly what he wanted in terms of style and concentration.

The 2016 Vintage by Faiveley

With respect to the 2016 vintage, like many of his colleagues, Faiveley reported that “yields were super-disparate due to the capriciousness of the frost damage and volumes ranged from basically normal to almost none. We obtained good yields in the Cote Chalonnaise but almost nothing in Marsannay, Chambolle and Echézeaux. The Côte de Beaune was difficult as well and in particular Meursault though Blagny wasn’t too bad. We avoided any real damage from the subsequent severe attack of mildew though that was thanks to a lot of work in the vineyards. We began picking our lower level wines on the 24th of September and then started bringing in the 1ers and Grands Crus at the beginning of October. The fruit was very clean and definitely ripe as we had potential alcohols that came in as high as 13.7%. We used relatively low amounts of whole clusters in general but because of the tiny quantities for a few wines, we used 100%. We did a moderately soft vinification as the skins were thick and the extractions happened almost by themselves. The acidities were pretty much ideal as the average post-malo pHs matched those of the average total acidity right at 3.5. As to the wines, I am really excited about them because I honestly believe that 2016 is a great vintage that has everything that most people look for in red Burgundy”. For the last several years I have been quite impressed by the improved quality of the Faiveley wines and it continued in the 2016 vintage. In particular, their range of wines from the Côte Chalonnaise offer both excellent quality and value.

The video bellow is matched by three others (at the end of the offer) exploring each of the seasons following the full cycle of the vine and wine at Domaine Faively.

The Wines

Faively’s vast holdings stretch from the very top of the Côte d’Or through the Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune and into the top of the Côte Chalonaise with Pinot holdings in Mercurey. Below are maps of their terroirs. You can enlarge them and explore the regions and vineyards. We’re writing a series of primers on each of the main villages in Burgundy and on Burgundy in general you can check out where we’re up to in the Wine Bites Mag.

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Faiveley Grand & 1er Crus de la Côte de Beaune

Detailed Map of Faiveley’s Côte de Beaune Holdings

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Faiveley Grand & 1er Crus de la Côte de Nuits

Detailed Map of Faiveley’s Côte de Nuits Holdings

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About the Wines

Faiveley Grand & 1er Crus de la Côte de Beaune

Detailed Map of Faiveley’s Côte de Beaune Holdings

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2016 Domaine Faiveley Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru – Score: 91-94, Tasted: Jun 15, 2018, Drink 2026+, Issue 71

Note: from a .62 ha parcel in Le Rognet, which is in Ladoix A difficult nose is presently composed by notes of reduction, sulfur and soft wood. Rich, full-bodied and powerful flavors are also blessed with an impressive amount of dry extract that coats the palate on the expressly dry but not really austere finale. Like the BBM, this too needs to develop better overall depth but the underlying material does appear to be on hand for that to occur.


2016 Domaine Faiveley Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru -Score: 91-94, Tasted: Jun 15, 2018, Drink 2026+, Issue 71

Note: from a .62 ha parcel in Le Rognet, which is in Ladoix. A difficult nose is presently composed by notes of reduction, sulfur and soft wood. Rich, full-bodied and powerful flavors are also blessed with an impressive amount of dry extract that coats the palate on the expressly dry but not really austere finale. Like the BBM, this too needs to develop better overall depth but the underlying material does appear to be on hand for that to occur.


2016 Faiveley Meursault 1er Cru Blagny – Score: 87-90, Tasted: Jun 15, 2018, Drink 2026+, Issue 71

Reduction, wood and residual malolactic fermentation aromas presently dominate the underlying fruit though there is good freshness and verve to the intense, rich and stony medium weight flavors that offer fine length but limited depth, at least today.


2016 Domaine Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champgains – Score: 89-91, Tasted: Jun 15, 2018, Drink 2022+, Issue 71

An overtly floral-suffused nose exhibits additional breadth in the form of citrus, apple and petrol scents. There is both better precision and minerality to the chalky and textured medium-bodied flavors that terminate in a chiseled and saline finish.

Faiveley Grand & 1er Crus de la Côte de Nuits

Detailed Map of Faiveley’s Côte de Nuits Holdings

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2016 Domaine Faiveley Chambertin “Clos De Bèze” Grand Cru – Score: 93-96, Tasted: Jan 15, 2018, Drink 2036+, Issue 69 – Don’t miss!

Note: from a 1.29 ha parcel. This is softly oaky with a wonderfully spicy array of black cherry, pungent earth and evident sauvage nuances that can be found on the impressively rich and seductively textured broad-shouldered and concentrated flavors that coat the palate with extract, all wrapped in a balanced, long and deep finish. I very much like the way this fans out on the strikingly persistent finish. Note that plenty of patience is a requisite here and it would be largely pointless to open a bottle before its 10th anniversary.


2016 Domaine Faiveley Corton “Clos Des Cortons” Grand Cru (Monopole) – Score: 92-95, Tasted: Jan 15, 2018, Drink 2036+, Issue 69 – Sweet spot

Touches of wood and menthol can be found on the brooding and inexpressive nose of plum, dark cherry liqueur, freshly turned earth and a gamy note. There is an appealing sense of underlying tension to the concentrated big-bodied flavors that also coat the palate with dry extract while exhibiting excellent length on the balanced and very firmly structured finale. Patience strongly advised.


2016 Domaine Faiveley Latricières Chambertin Grand Cru – Score: 93-95, Tasted: Jan 15, 2018, Drink 2031+, Issue 69 – Don’t miss!

Note: from a very large 1.21 ha parcel. Here too the wood treatment is subtle yet just prominent enough to warrant pointing out on the cool, pure and notably more sauvage nose of both red and dark wild berry and earth scents. There is a really lovely sense of underlying tension suffusing the much more mineral-driven middle weight flavors that are not quite as rich but notably more precise on the chiseled and wonderfully refined finish. Textbook.


2016 Domaine Faiveley Échézeaux ‘En Orveaux’ Grand Cru – Score: 92-94, Tasted: Jan 15, 2018, Drink 2036+, Issue 69

Generous but not overwhelming wood fights somewhat with the otherwise very spicy and floral-scented nose of exotic dark currant and plum. There is terrific punch while preserving excellent detail on the rich, sleek and mineral-inflected medium weight plus flavors, all wrapped in beautifully long and complex finish. This has the stuffing to almost certainly absorb the wood and it should be excellent in time.


2016 Domaine Faiveley Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru – Score: 92-95, Tasted: Jan 15, 2018, Drink 2036+, Issue 69

Note: from both Mazis Haut and Bas where the two parcels total a remarkable 1.20 ha. A pungent nose of wood and reduction renders the nose impossible to evaluate fairly. Otherwise there is a super-sleek and intense palate impression to the imposingly-scaled flavors that possess more size and weight if slightly less minerality than those of the Latricières while flashing excellent length on the moderately austere finish. This is also textbook.


2016 Domaine Faiveley Clos De Vougeot Grand Cru – Score: 92-95, Tasted: Jan 15, 2018, Drink 2033+, Issue 69 – Sweet spot

Note: blended from 3 separate parcels. Here too the wood treatment isn’t subtle though it doesn’t completely mask the mostly red berry fruit, earth and humus aromas. Once again there is both good volume and mid-palate density to the mouth coating big-bodied flavors that flash a mild touch of rusticity on the impressively long finale. Interestingly, this is a bit less youthfully austere than it usually is and overall, color me impressed.


2016 Faiveley Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru – Score: 92-94, Tasted: Jan 15, 2018, Drink 2028+, Issue 69

Note: from Charmes proper; from yields of only 18 hl/ha. Much more subtle though by no means invisible oak sets off beautifully layered aromas of plum, spice, earth and a whiff of underbrush character. There is terrific richness and density to the velvet-textured and voluminous flavors that possess a real sense of mid-palate density thanks to the abundant level of dry extract that also buffers the moderately firm tannic spine. This is at once a relatively elegant version of the appellation yet it is also altogether serious.


2016 Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru ‘Les Cazetiers’ – Score: 92-94, Tasted: Jan 15, 2018, Drink 2033+, Issue 69 -Sweet spot Outstanding

Note: from a huge 3.96 ha parcel. Reduction and wood currently overshadow the underlying fruit. There is first-rate intensity and power to the concentrated broad-shouldered flavors that possess a velvet-textured mid-palate while delivering outstanding length on the balanced and only mildly rustic finale. If this can add even more depth it could very well merit the upper end of my predicted range. In sum, this is a classic example and as such, it’s very much destined for a long snooze in a cold cellar.


2016 Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru ‘Clos des Issarts’ (Monopole) – Score: 90-92, Tasted: Jan 15, 2018, Drink 2026+, Issue 69

Note: a .61 ha monopole of the Domaine. Here too there is enough wood present to warrant noting it along with plenty of earth and more floral elements adding breadth to the red and dark currant scents. There is excellent size and weight to the medium-weight flavors that are blessed with fine phenolic ripeness of the supporting tannins on the youthfully austere, energetic and moderately firm finish.


2016 Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru ‘La Combe Aux Moines’ – Score: 91-94, Tasted: Jan 15, 2018, Drink 2031+, Issue 69 – Sweet spot Outstanding

Note: from a large 1.2 ha parcel. Discreet wood easily allows the overtly sauvage and earth-infused aromas of dark berries and humus to shine. The intense, muscular and powerful big-bodied flavors possess good minerality that really comes up on the austere and sneaky long finale. Textbook CAM.


2016 Domaine Faiveley Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru ‘Aux Chaignots’ – Score: 90-92, Tasted: Jan 15, 2018, Drink 2026+, Issue 69

Note: vinified with 25 to 30% whole cluster. An overtly spicy and floral nose combines a touch of wood with plum, blueberry and earth nuances. There is fine intensity to the relatively refined medium weight flavors that possess good drive and evident salinity on the austere and somewhat strict finish. This will definitely need at least a few years of age as it’s presently very tightly wound.


2016 Domaine Faiveley Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru ‘Les Porets St Georges’ – Score: 90-92, Tasted: Jan 15, 2018, Drink 2028+, Issue 69

The airy and expressive nose is compositionally similar to that of the Damodes if perhaps with few spice elements. By contrast there is a bit more size and weight to the caressing medium weight flavors that possess a beguiling mid-palate texture though the natural rusticity of Porrets comes up on the nicely complex and lingering finish. This is very likely to tighten up considerably once in bottle so patience will be required here too.

2016 Domaine Faiveley Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru ‘Les Damodes’ – Score: 90-93, Tasted: Jan 15, 2018, Drink 2028+, Issue 69 – Outstanding

An attractively layered and bright nose offers up notes of various dark berries, plenty of earth, spice and a touch of the sauvage. There is firstrate punch to the sleekly muscular and mineral-driven middle weight plus flavors that are quite firm if somewhat less strict though there is evident youthful austerity. This is also constructed to reward mid to longer-term cellaring and it’s going to require at least 6 to 8 years first.


2016 Domaine Faiveley Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru ‘Les St. Georges’ – Score: 91-94, Tasted: Jan 15, 2018, Drink 2031+, Issue 69 – Outstanding

A broad-ranging nose features notes of red and dark raspberry, cherry, lavender, earth and a suggestion of the sauvage, all of which is trimmed in just enough wood to notice. There is excellent delineation and vibrancy to the overtly powerful medium weight plus flavors that also possess obvious muscle before concluding in a saline and lightly austere finish. This is quite firmly structured and will need plenty of time to reach its full apogee. In a word, excellent.


Faiveley 1er Crus Mercurey & Bourgogne Rouge

2016 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru ‘Le Clos du Roy’ – Score: 90-92, Tasted: Jan 15, 2018, Drink 2026+, Issue 69

Note: vinified with 25 to 30% whole cluster. An overtly spicy and floral nose combines a touch of wood with plum, blueberry and earth nuances. There is fine intensity to the relatively refined medium weight flavors that possess good drive and evident salinity on the austere and somewhat strict finish. This will definitely need at least a few years of age as it’s presently very tightly wound.


2016 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru ‘Clos des Myglands’ – Score: 89-91, Tasted: Jan 15, 2018, Drink 2022+, Issue 69

Note: a monopole of Domaine Faiveley. 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 mediumbodied flavors that possess a velvety mid-palate while delivering better persistence on the ever-so-slightly rustic finish. This too is quite good.


2016 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey ‘La Framboisiere’ – Score: 89, Tasted: Jan 15, 2018, Drink 2021+, Issue 69 – Outstanding Top value

Note: a monopole of Domaine Faiveley; vinified with 15% whole cluster. A moderately high-toned nose reflects notes of raspberry, cherry, violet and soft earth wisps. The mouthfeel of the middle weight flavors is at once vibrant and succulent while delivering fine depth and length for a Mercurey villages. Recommended.


2016 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey ‘Clos Rochette Blanc’ – Score: 87-89, Tasted: Jun 15, 2018, Drink 2020+, Issue 71

Note: a monopole belonging to Faiveley. A pungent nose combines notes of petrol, straw, pear and a whiff of citrus rind. I like both the volume and punch of the middle weight flavors that emanate a subtle minerality on the clean, dry and moderately complex finale. This saline-inflected effort should drink well young.