Faiveley The Big Picture Offer 2019
Domaine Faiveley is one of the biggest domaines (115ha) in Burgundy and, many would argue, one of the best.
The change of generation, enhanced by the arrival of Bernard Hervet as Managing Director, is clear warning of the intention to dynamise the business. The most obvious change though is in the barrel cellar where the previous supplier has been dropped and replaced with Francois Frères, Taransaud and three other coopers. Old style Faiveley wines could be massively tannic at the expense of the fruit. From 2007 the wines are much fresher and fruitier, yet still with real intensity.
Many of Faiveley’s top wines are hand bottled with no filtration. This in turn results in clean, opulent wines that often show Pinot Noir at its best. Their concentration and richness are rarely equalled. JASPER MORRIS MW
Though I reported this last year, it’s sufficiently important to bear repeating one more time. Long-time readers may remember that in 2007 the domaine made the dramatic decision to change the style of its reds, which up to that point could be fairly described as unapologetically old school. In other words, reds that were firmly structured, sturdy and built-to-age for the long-term. In 2007 this more rustic style was discarded in favor of wines that possessed more elegance and finesse in the hopes of creating more supple burgundies that required less long-term cellaring… So now we’re looking for more density and riper tannins while doing our best to retain a more refined mouthfeel. BURGHOUND
At the risk of sounding like a broken record I have to say, again, Faiveley really is in fine form these days. The largest family owned estate in the region the family have holdings that would turn the owners of most domaines green with envy including the biggest combined holdings of Grand Crus. These vineyards put them in a unique position to capitalize on their sites to produce a staggering array of top climats.
Watching the progress of the grand old estate move from the monstrously tannic and extracted wines of yesterday year to the fine, elegant and transparent wines today has been one of the great stories in burgundy over recent years.
The decision was made in 2006 by Erwan Faiveley, who took over as chairman from his Father in 2005, to make drastic steps to change the house style beginning with a new oak regime and less extraction of phenolics. The results could be seen immediately from the 2007 vintage but the wines really found there groove circa 2010 and have continued on the road of restraint and freshness since then. They are not lacking in depth or structure, as the braket of racy, vivacious and beautifully fruited 16s showed, but they are more focused on the fruit now and less on the heavy hand of a winemaker.
Today faiveley wines offer collectors and consumers alike something few estates can, first class burgundy that is both accessible and affordable a rare commodity in a market that is increasingly hard to find value in.
I have huge admiration for what they have achieved in recent years with quality, for me, soaring and yet remaining comparatively well priced.
If you have never tried the wines now is the time and if you haven’t seen them in years I urge you to revisit the wines of this dynamic family estate. They deserve your attention.
The list I have compiled runs back to the 2013 vintage and includes a number of their most sought after and revered plots like Chambolle Fuees, Gevrey Cazetieres, Nuits Les St Georges, Clos de Beze, Clos des Cortons and their super star Clos de Beze lieu-dit Ouvree Rodin of which only a smattering ever arrives on our shores. Apart from these big guns there is an array of their top wines all of which are being held in the importers cellars. It is quite a list and should paint the bigger picture of this venerable estate for eager collectors.