On my November 2019 trip I had the opportunity to vist Domaine Faiveley to taste the celebrated, but also difficult, 2018 vintage.
The tasting was held with directeur technique (chief winemaker) Jérôme Flous, who gave us his selection from the Faiveley wines.
Normally I taste with Erwan Faiveley, but it was refreshing to get a different perspective on the wines from this large, competent estate.
Photo of Jérôme Flous – November 2019
At the tasting I sampled both reds (notes to come in a separate article) and a few whites, the topic of this article.
Domaine Faiveley now makes some top-end whites, after Erwan took over some very interesting vineyards from Domaine Monnot in 2008. These include plots in Bâtard-Montrachet and Bienvenue-Bâtard-Montrachet, and Faiveley has other top-rank whites, including a Corton-Charlemagne and some Puligny 1ers crus to spice up the cocktail.
While I find Faiveley’s reds both very fine and constantly improving, the whites are perhaps edging ahead, at least on my curiosity scale. These are very interesting wines despite my slight personal reservations regarding the cooper used. Yes, I said it: I like to take a closer look at wines that use François Frères barrels, both to learn and to understand.
Tasting notes from November 14 2019
All the wines were tasted from cask at the Faiveley winery in Nuits-Saint-Georges, where the 2018 vintage is in elevage.
Domaine Faiveley Meursault 2018
The Meursault is quite intense for its level; lovely salinity on the palate and a composed expression. The minerality is fine and quite delicate. The 2018s do have a certain charm, with their ripe notes and in this case a slightly minty tone.
(Drink from 2025) – Very Good – (88 – 89p) – From cask 14/11/2019.
Domaine Faiveley Puligny-Montrachet 2018
The Puligny-Montrachet is a step up – or perhaps the Puligny mineralty suits the estate style better; who knows? The mid-palate fruit is vivid and airy, with fine energy and a lovely, rich balance. The oak is doing a good job completing the balance and composure of this wine.
(Drink from 2026) – Very Good – (89 – 90p) – From cask 14/11/2019.
Domaine Faiveley Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts 2018
The Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts is somewhat on the warm side, leaning towards tropical and more exotic fruits. The fruit is nonetheless finely balanced with good composure, and the Francois barrels are really doing their job by helping get this somewhat generous wine into its “proper” place. From young vines planted in 2014.
(Drink from 2026) – Very Good+ – (90 – 91p) – From cask 14/11/2019.
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Tasting Notes for this producer
- Faiveley summer wines: a Chambolle surprise June 25, 2020
- Faiveley summer wines: a delightful La Framboisière June 19, 2020
- Faiveley summer wines: the fresh Montagny June 13, 2020
- Faiveley summer wines: the generous white Mercurey June 10, 2020
- Faiveley summer wines: the vivid Ladoix June 8, 2020
- Domaine Faiveley, Chambertin Clos de Bèze Les Ouvrées Rodin 2013 December 7, 2017
- Domaine Faiveley, Latricieres-Chambertin 2014 February 11, 2017
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