On my October 2017 yrip I had the opportunity to vist Domaine Faiveley to taste the 2016 vintage.
As last time Erwan Faiveley conducted the tasting himself, choosing a fine but limited selection of the best wines in the huge portfolio of Faiveley wines. To taste the full portfolio is for me too comprehensive – so this is ideal, and I then prefer to return to taste some of the other wines separately.
Photo: Erwan Faiveley – June 2016
This time I tasted both red and a few whites – as Domaine Faiveley now also makes some top end whites – after taking over some very interesting wineyards from Domaine Monnot in 2008 – including plots in Bâtard Montrachet and Bienvenue-Bâtard Montrachet. These whites now seem to be in place style and quality wise – and should not be overlooked.
Photo: Erwan Faiveley – June 2016
Since my last visit I have tasted quite a few wines from recent vintages of Faiveley – to get familiar with the style. I must say Erwan has come far in refining these wines and while these are big wines – they seem to integrate the oak very well and remarkably quick – and unfold and resolve in a refined way.
For me it’s important to follow the wines after bottling – to get a better and firmer impression of how they develop – to check if the initial impressions from cask are correct – and also to be able to give some kind of advice regarding drinking window – when to taste and when to drink the wines eventually.
The Faiveley wines have come a long way regarding drinkability – and tasting some 2013s and 2014s really underlined that Erwan and his team is on the right “track” … so to speak.
Faiveley is still investing time and money in better quality. One of these investments is the restoration and rebuilding the old winery in the center of Nuits-Saint-Georges … a huge project that will be completed in 2018.
Impressions from the winery in Nuits-Saint-Georges
The rebuilding and renovation of the Nuits-Saint-Georges vinery is progressing … a truly remarkable project – and the result is stunningly beautiful. With the new facilities in place for the 2018 vintage Faiveley will have optimal working conditions to take quality even higher in the years to come … this is a very exiting process to follow.
But lets go to the notes for the 2016s:
Tasting notes from October 17th 2107
All the wines were tasted from cask in the new Faiveley winery in Nuits-Saint-Georges, where the 2017 vintage is placed for the elevage.
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Tasting Notes for this producer
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- Domaine Faiveley, Latricieres-Chambertin 2014 February 11, 2017
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