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.
Meursault is the capital of fine white wines in Burgundy. It has exceptional terroirs for raising Chardonnay, especially on the south side of the village, bordering the prestigious Puligny-Montrachet.
Soil: White Marls/Clay
Surface Area: 1ha 15a – (2.86 acres)
Year the vines were planted: 1963
Average annual production: 6,500 bottles
Domaine Faiveley is responsible for all the work carried out in this vineyard and can therefore have total control over the quality of the grapes, as in the plots they own. The hand picked harvest is transported with care to the cellars in Nuits-Saint-Georges. The wine is then matured in oak barrels for 13-15 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 one third of the cuvée. The barrels come from high-quality barrel makers and have been rigorously selected for their fine grain and light toast.
Winter 2012 was quite mild, except for a period of intense cold in early February. Bud began very early (March 2012) but the vegetative growth was then slowed by the spring freshness. Flowering began at the end of May and then was disturbed by cold and rain, causing coulure and millerandage – old vines were the most affected. June was marked by two episodes of large hail, particularly in the Côte de Beaune. Nice weather (sun and northly winds) settled during August with good summer temperatures, which allowed veraison to take place in excellent conditions. The white wines of the Côte de Beaune combine richness and aromatic intensity. They are generous, “gourmands” and smooth, and they give off aromas of white fruit and peach.
A brilliant pale yellow colour. The attractive aromas of white and yellow fruits mix with light woody notes. On the palate, this wine meets up to the expectations of its aromas: it has a round and full attack before the vanillary and toasty tastes reveal themselves. Good long lasting aromas.
White Meats, Fish in a sauce, Turbot or Shellfish
Serve at 10°C. Cellaring Potential: 3 to 6 years
Côte de Beaune, Village