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Gevrey-Chambertin “Les Cazetiers” Domaine Faiveley 2011

Producer Information

This Burgundian domaine has been a family estate for nearly 200 years. Erwan Faiveley, 7th generation, took the reins in 2006 from his father when he was only 25. They have earned their reputation as one of Burgundy’s finest and most trusted, with an unparalleled selection from the Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise totalling over 120 hectares.

Vineyards

The term “Cazetier” may come from ‘Castel’ and indicate this plot’s geographical position in the village, as it lies above the castle of Gevrey.

Total Surface Area: 9ha 11a
Exposition: East
Soil: White Marls

Domaine Faiveley surface area: 2ha 04a – (5.06 acres)
Years the vines were planted: 1958, 1989, 1990, 1999
Yield: 40hl/ha: 5,300 bottles/ha

Winemaking

The hand picked harvest goes through a short prefermentary maceration before being vinified.  For the duration of the 18-20 day vatting period, the wine is kept at low temperature. It is then matured in oak barrels for 16-18 months, in nineteenth century vaulted cellars which provide ideal conditions for raising wines.  The proportion of new oak, which is susceptible to variations according to the vintage, represents on average two thirds of the cuvée. The barrels come from high-quality barrel makers and have been rigorously selected for their fine grain and light toast.

Vintage Information

The spring was extremely dry – which gave the grapes thick skins and protected them from disease – while the summer was unusually rainy. Water stress was succeeded by water excess and so that led to a very early harvest without excessive maturity; characteristics of 2007 mixed with those of 2010. The red wines have a dark ruby colour, a high concentration, well balanced and the tannins are soft and ripe. Beautiful structure, flavours are fresh and spicy. Elegant notes of fresh fig are typical of 2011.

Tasting Note

The nose is of good intensity and complexity, with aromas of red fruit, grilling and toasting. This wine is full, generous and firm on the palate, with tannins very present yet without any bitterness. It is powerful with beautiful structure and a long finish.

Food Pairing

Red Meat, Game

Serving Suggestion

Serve at: 14°-16°C. Cellaring Potential: 10 to 12 years

Côte de Nuits, Premier Cru
100% Pinot Noir

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