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.
‘La Combe aux Moines’ means ‘The Monks’ Combe’. It is said that during the construction of the castle of Gevrey, after a hard days work, the monks of Cluny would gather together in the combe.
Total surface area: 4ha 76a
Soil: Fossiliferous Clay and White Marls
Domaine Faiveley surface area: 1ha 19a – (2,96 acres)
Years the vines were planted: 1933, 1935, 1953, 1980, 1984, 1988
Average annual production: 7,600 bottles
The hand picked harvest goes through a short prefermentary maceration before being vinified. For the duration of the 18-20 day vatting period, the wine is kept at low temperature. It is then matured in oak barrels for 14-16 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 come from high-quality barrel makers and have been rigorously selected for their fine grain and light toast.
The climatic conditions were very mixed in 2016. The harvests took place later than usual in order to allow the grapes to reach their optimum ripeness levels. Our wines present fruity aromas. The wines are smooth and fleshy. This promises to be a very distinctive vintage.
Beautiful deep colour with hints of dark ruby garnet. Powerful nose with aromas of fresh fruits and spices accompanied by delicate woody and smoky notes coming from the barrel aging. The palate is round and persistent, it contains fruity and woody flavours too. This elegant wine has silky tannins and a racy and very long finish.
Red Meat, Game
Serve at 15°C. Cellaring Potential: 8 to 15 years
Côte de Nuits, Premier Cru
100% Pinot Noir