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In the picture is the newly renovated fermentation room at Faiveley, with the design reminiscent of historical train station in tribute to Faiveley’s transport business. In my opinion the room looks very much like a cathedral (my type of cathedral!)

Faiveley has improved their quality significantly in the past decade since they changed their vinification methods from 2006 to 2009. Gone were the days of tannic and extracted wines, in 2018 their reds are transparent and fragrant with good ripeness. An impressive performance in the context of the size of this estate. (owns more than 120ha across Burgundy). Faiveley started harvesting on the 27th of August.

Winemaking Style

Most cuvees are 100% destemmed except for their Cuvee in Chambolle Musigny and Echezeaux, which includes partical wholecluster. 1 week of cold maceration at 10 degrees Celsius. Whites are fermented in barrels.

Tasting Notes

Meursault 2018

Tasted from 100% new oak barrel. Smokey spices and rich spiced citrus fruits. Fruit forward with good texture and thickness for a village Meursault. (83/100)

Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot 2018

Tasted from 100% new oak barrel. Rich orchard fruits with good concentration of glossy lemons. Exotic spices with higher alcohol mouthfeel. (84/100)

Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru La Garrene 2018

Tasted from new oak barrel from Francois Freres. This 2018 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru La Garrene is showing superbly today, sleek and graceful with cool climte white orchard fruits, juicy pear and mild crystalline minerals. Lovely 1er Cru weight with good acidity balance. (86/100)

Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Gain 2018

Tasted from new oak barrel from Damy. A rich and attractive array of spices laced with creamy butter and juicy stone fruits. More fleshy and muscular than La Garrene but less refined. (85/100)

Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018

Tasted from 100% new oak barrel. Oily and textured, white flowers and fleshy tree fruits. Good concentration of fruits but not the densest Corton Charlemagne. (88-89/100)

Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens 2018

Grapes from Domaine vineyards. Juicy dark cherries, raspberries. Good acidity balance and no overripeness but tannins need to be tamed. (83/100)

Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Aux Chaignots 2018

Grapes from Domaine vineyards. Fleshy array of fresh blueberry fruits, smoked earth and crunchy red cherries. Firm minerals with good mineral backbone. Nice weight and depth. (84/100)

Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges 2018

From a mixture of purchased grapes and own Domaine grapes. The 2018 Les Saint Georges is still reductive (meaty) but already showing close to Grand Cru weight and intensity. Bright and refreshing dark fruits and structured backbone. (85/100)

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Aux Beaux Bruns 2018

From purchased grapes. Wholecluster was only used in Chambolle Musigny cuvves at Faiveley. This 2018 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Aux Beaux Bruns offers a fragrant nose of sweet stems and whole berries fruits. Juicy dark fruits showing the stern style of Chambolle Musigny in 2018. Lighter end of Premier Cru with good acidity. (85-86/100)

Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Issarts Monopole 2018

A 0.61ha Premier Cru monopole located right next to Ruchottes Chambertin. Mixture of vineyards planted in 1971, 2005, and 2007. Sexy bouquet of dark berries, cool earthy minerals and sleek red cherries. Similar to Ruchottes Chambertin, the Issarts is lighter bodied but offers a lovely fragrant. Fair acidity. (86-87/100)

Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux Saint Jacques 2018

From own Domaine vineyard. In general, Gevrey Chambertin performed really well overall in 2018, and this was no exception. This 2018 Lavaux Saint Jacques offers a dark and restrained array of cool minerals, earthy forest floor with juicy red berries. An attractive wine without serious depth. (86-87/100)

Echezeaux Grand Cru 2018

Around 15% wholecluster in 2018. 14.1% alcohol. Fragrant mixed fruits and red berries with lifted oak spices. Premier Cru weight with good acidity balance. Like many Echezeaux this is a bit too simple to be classified as a Grand Cru. (89/100)

Latricieres Chambertin Grand Cru 2018

The Latricieres Chambertin is one of my favourite wines at Faiveley. It offers a lifted nose of ripe and sweet mixed fruits, aromatic spices and smoked gravel. Full bodied yet refreshing with good concentration of fruits. Blueberries and fresh herbs on the finish. Attractive. (92/100)

Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2018

In 2018, Gevrey Chambertin overall outperformed as a commune, and most Charmes Chambertin in 2018 contains superb concentration and depth. Fragrant nose of juicy red berries with mild violet and rose petals. Proper Grand Cru weight and depth (which is rarely the case). Good intensity and acidity balance. (92/100)

Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2018

The Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze is a much richer and darker fruited wine compared to their other Gevrey Chambertin Grand Crus. Low-pitched dark berries and brooding earthy spices. Heavy weight Grand Cru with mouth-coating fine tannins. Good fruit intensity and will require extensive cellaring. 10 years? (93/100)

Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Monopole Grand Cru 2018

Clos des Cortons Monopole is one of the flagship wines of Faiveley, 2.77ha. Powerful and structured with similar intensity as the Chambertin Clos de Beze. Exuberant juicy blueberries and dense cherries. Full bodied with firm and ripe tannins. More red fruited than the Clos de Beze and arguably a touch less complex, but a fine Grand Cru. 13.6% alcohol. (91-92/100)

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