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 story tells how the Lord of Puligny divided out his lands between his children, giving his son what became the ‘Chevalier-Montrachet’ and his daughters inheriting ‘Les Pucelles’. Yet the story also tells how he held his illegitimate ‘bastard’ son in great affection. This son received, in addition to a plot like his half-brother and his two half-sisters, two other plots including ‘Bienvenues’ (Welcome), which in the choice of its name shows the really special endearment the Lord had for this child.
Total Surface Area: 3ha 73a
Soil: White Marls, Clay
Surface Area: 0ha 50a
Year the vines were planted: 1961, 1988
The grapes are harvested and sorted by hand. The musts are extracted using a pneumatic press before being settled. Vinification lasts 4 weeks and takes place in French oak barrels (50-60% of which are new oak) in our hygrometry-controlled cellars at consistent, natural temperatures. The wines are stirred frequently in order to keep the wine in contact with the lees and then aged for 18 months. This enables them to retain excellent tension and aromatic complexity as well as a smooth, delicate palate
2020 is a warmer vintage yet the wines show a lot of freshness and no flavours of over-ripeness. The winter was unusually warm with very little rainfall. Heavy frosts happened during spring, although a very low level of humidity helped to protect the vines. After a 2nd cold period mid-May, summer was extremely dry aside from a few isolated storms (Nuits-Saint-Georges – Vougeot). The harvest started on August 19th, a historically early date and came to an end on September 1st.
Pale, clear yellow colour and an elegant yet powerful nose combining white and yellow fruits, white flowers (acacia and orange blossom) and freshly baked brioche. The palate is delicate yet distinctive and characterised by aromas of stewed fruits and candied lemon. The finish is fresh and lively with exceptional length.
Crayfish, Lobster, Truffle Soup
Serve at 10°C. Cellaring Potential: 10+ years
Côte de Beaune, Grand Cru