A love of wine has been passed on from one Faiveley generation to the next for more than 180 years. The Domaine has always remained in the same family and today Erwan and Eve, the 7th generation of the Faiveley family, are at the helm and are keen to respect the traditions and savoir-faire of the family while looking to the future.
Domaine Faiveley believes that the quality of the wines comes from the fruit. To make sure they are able to get the best fruit and resulting wines, the team has invested in separate winemaking and viticulture teams in the Côte d’Or and Côte Chalonnaise, fine-tuned their barrel selection, and built a state-of-the-art winery in Mercurey. Last year, the family completed the renovation of their cellars in the heart of Nuits-St-Georges.
The result is classic Burgundies with wonderful longevity, aromatics and an unique, elegant style. Recognised as one of the finest producers in Burgundy, the Domaine continues to go from strength to strength under Erwan and Eve.
The monks of Cîteaux, on their arrival, decided to create this clos. The last acquisition dates back to 1336. It took them more than two centuries to make the clos as we know it. The demarcation of the clos only comes from the 14th century and the surrounding wall was probably built in the 15th century.
Total surface area: 50ha 11a
Exposition: East, South-East
Domaine Faiveley surface area: 1ha 28a (3,18 acres)
Years the vines were planted: 1940, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981
Average annual production: 5,900 bottles
The hand-picked harvest goes through a short prefermentary maceration first, before being vinified in part in wooden tronconic vats. After the three-week vatting period, we use a vertical press to obtain very pure high-quality juices.
The wine is then matured in oak barrels for 16 to 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 middle toast.
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.
An intense dark ruby colour. The nose has a complex bouquet of rose, violet floral aromas and fruity aromas, with a few discreet woody notes. The palate is round and then the tannins show their strength. This wine is well structured and corpulent, with long-lasting aromas and a fine representative of this famous Grand Cru.
Red Meats, Breast of Duck, Game, Soft Cheeses
Serve at: 16°-18°C. Cellaring Potential: 8 to 10 years
Côte de Nuits, Grand Cru
100% Pinot Noir