Tasting wine is a complex matter – especially with the 2018 vintage. Some wines seem to have an almost kaleidoscopic character, with a changeable nature here at the beginning of elevage.
As always, it is wise to be prudent when drawing concludions about the wines early on…
While I feel I know the wines from Nicolas Faure very well – my first visit to the small cellar in Meuilley was in the summer of 2016 – in fact that was only three years ago. So in reality I do not have as much experience and knowledge as I may think.
What I can say is that I drink the wines of Nicolas Faure as often as I can when I’m in Burgundy. It has become a tradition (a lovely tradition), as the wines suit my palate very well indeed. Perhaps they are not the greatest wines in Burgundy, but they are nonetheless unique and delightful, and great achievements given the terroirs available.
I have already covered the history of the estate and earlier vintages in previous articles.
- Visit at Domaine Nicolas Faure – mesmerising wines
- Visit Domaine Nicolas Faure, tasting of the 2016s from cask
- Visit Domaine Nicolas Faure, tasting of the 2017s from cask
So without further ado: To the bat cave! and the notes!
Tasting notes from May 21, 2019 – the 2018s from cask
It is always great to be in the cellar of Domaine Faure, and the 2018s are a fine treat, although the hot nature of the vintage is noticeable.
I love these wines; they just drink so well. The tannins are uniquely fine (presumably due to the old vertical press), and yet the wines have an edge, a slightly wild spirit – a force-of-nature feeling – that leaves them unique and unpolished.
That being said, the wines can change somewhat when very young (in cask and even when first bottled). This is the kaleidoscopic nature of these wines – a certain unpredictability – that sometimes will surprise you, but usually will please your mind, heart and palate.
I adore these wines, and often taste them for pure pleasure, as they are spot on for showing the essence of pinot and the expression of their terroirs.
This year we only tasted the reds, as the whites were not ready to taste due to ongoing malos. First of the reds was the Coteaux Bourguignons Mes Gamay; as labeled, a Gamay-based wine.
Domaine Nicolas Faure Coteaux Bourguignons Mes Gamay 2018
The Coteaux Bourguignons Mes Gamay is a rich, forward and floral wine with plenty of expressive red and dark fruit. On the palate, there is generous fruit offering nice drinkability. A delightful entry-level wine offering both intensity and depth, and a wine tasting well above its level. Energetic and vivacious for the vintage.
(Drink from 2019) – Good – (86 – 87p) – Tasted 21/05/2019 from cask
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Tasting Notes for this producer
- Domaine Nicolas Faure Bourgogne Aligote La Corvees de Bully 2017 February 19, 2019
- Domaine Nicolas Faure, Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Herbues 2016 November 23, 2018
- Domaine Nicolas Faure Bourgogne Aligote La Corvees de Bully 2014 June 21, 2017
- Domaine Nicolas Faure Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Herbues 2015 June 21, 2017
- Domaine Nicolas Faure, Bourgogne Aux Argillieres 2014 October 11, 2016
- Domaine Nicolas Faure Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Herbues 2014 October 11, 2016
- Domaine Nicolas Faure Aloxe-Corton 2015 July 31, 2016
- Domaine Nicolas Faure Bourgogne Aux Argillieres 2015 July 31, 2016
- Domaine Nicolas Faure Coteaux Bourguignons Mes Gamay 2015 July 31, 2016
- Domaine Nicolas Faure Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Herbues 2015 July 31, 2016
- Domaine Nicolas Faure Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Herbues 2014 July 31, 2016
- Domaine Nicolas Faure Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Herbues 2012 July 31, 2016
- Domaine Nicolas Faure Bourgogne Aligote La Corvees de Bully 2014 July 31, 2016
- Domaine Nicolas Faure Bourgogne Aligote La Corvees de Bully 2015 July 30, 2016
- Domaine Nicolas Faure, Bourgogne Aux Argillieres 2014 June 23, 2016
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