Over the last five years, I have really come to appreciate Domaine Faiveley due to the style, availability, and quality of its wines. It has the whole package, so to speak.
Domaine Faiveley is, however, a very large operation producing countless wines on different levels and in far-flung appellations.
Normally I taste a good selection of the domaine’s top-end wines, yet somehow I have never had the opportunity to discover some of the lesser appellations. This is actually a bit sad, as its less-vaunted wines are both enjoyable and available.
I decided to dive into five affordable wines from the Faiveley portfolio in five articles, and I asked Eve Faiveley to select for me a few lighter summer wines. I don’t know if these are the wines Eve and Erwan Faiveley are actually drinking tonight, but they could, and they would be delighted.
Summer Wine 1: Ladoix Blanc 2018
First is the domaine’s Ladoix, from a large 3-ha vineyard that faces northeast. A hot year and a somewhat overlooked appellation, but one that produces delightful whites in generous years.
This is a delightfully fresh, vivid wine; surprisingly airy, and with fine tension for an otherwise generous 2018. It has a lovely, precise minerality – crushed stones and a hint of gunsmoke in the bouquet. Fresh, focused fruit, with only a slightly hot glow. The Corton hill does work well in hot years. Beautiful as an aperitif, and excels with seafood, offering fine, fresh, slightly exotic depth. Serve on the cool side.
(Drink from 2020) – Very Good – (88p) – Tasted 06/06/2020 –
Thanks to Eve Faiveley for selecting and supplying the enjoyable summer wines.
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