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.
The first trace of Echezeaux dates back to the end of the 13th century. This Côte de Nuits Grand Cru has long been recognised for the high quality of its terroir and its wines. The monks from the Abbey of Citeaux actually exchanged some plots in order to possess a few ‘ouvrées’ of Echezeaux.
Total surface area: 37ha 69a
Soil: Deep soil composed of gravel and silt
Domaine Faiveley surface area: 0ha 83a (2,18 acres)
Years the vines were planted: 1941, 1955, 1956, 1958
Average annual production: 3,500 bottles
The hand picked harvest goes through a short prefermentary maceration first, before being vinified in part in wooden tronconic vats. After the three-Faiveley vatting period, Faiveley use a vertical press to obtain very pure high-quality juice. The wine 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, which come from high quality barrel makers, have been rigorously selected for their fine grain and light toast.
In 2007 the vines were subjected to unusual climatic conditions, but the care that Faiveley took in the vineyards and perfect yield control were rewarded by wines of high quality. The reds, thanks to the summer’s coolness and perfect yield control, are extremely rich in aromas. They have rich, fresh, tasty red-fruit flavours. The suppleness of the tannins gives these wines a fine structure and balance.
A limpid, beautiful dark ruby-red colour. The complex and very pleasant nose proposes an array of fruity and spicy scents. This wine is round and fruity on the palate. The blended and silky tannins give long-lasting aromas on the finish. This Grand Cru has a full and balanced structure, pointing to good cellaring potential.
Game, Mature Cheeses
Serve at: 14°-16°C. Cellaring Potential: 10 to 15+ years
Côte de Nuits, Grand Cru
100% Pinot Noir