The vine grower’s hard work and in depth knowledge of the different parcels at Domaine Faiveley certainly paid off in the 2018 vintage. This expertise and understanding of the terroirs enabled Domaine Faiveley to control our yields and produce exceptionally high quality grapes.
Harvest began on the 27th August (the earliest since 2003) in the Côte Chalonnaise with Mercurey “Les Villeranges” and Mercurey “Clos Rond” and in the Côte de Beaune with Corton-Charlemagne and Corton “Clos des Cortons Faiveley”. The other Grands Crus started harvest on the 3 September and finished on the 12th September with Marsannay.
The vines were perfectly healthy and the clusters were compact and very ripe, which meant that we were required to do very little sorting.
At this stage, the red wines are brightly coloured, rich and powerful with a round, velvety and very smooth structure. The ripeness levels in the Chardonnays are exceptional.
The 2018 harvests in figures:
· 16 days of harvesting
· 300 harvesters, carriers and cellar workers
· 300 different parcels harvested
· Over 2 000 barrels filled including 400 new barrels