Faiveley Bourgogne Rouge 2019
I believe that the 2019s belong in any serious Burgundy collector’s cellar; indeed I believe that it would be a significant mistake to pass on them. BURGHOUND
Domaine Faiveley is one of the biggest domaines in Burgundy and, many would argue, one of the best. JASPER MORRIS
None of Burgundy’s important houses have undergone a more radical evolution in recent years than Faiveley. Since Erwan Faiveley succeeded his father François in 2005, he has embarked on a buying spree, acquiring property in Puligny-Montrachet, Gevrey-Chambertin and elsewhere. Faiveley’s domaine holdings now amounts to some 125 hectares, accounting for some 80% of the family’s production. With the 2007 vintage, Erwan and technical director Jérôme Flous also initiated a wholesale stylistic change, inaugurating a new suppler and suaver aesthetic at an address that had become renowned for saturated, extracted and sometimes brutally tannic red wines. In 2014, Erwan’s sister Eve joined the team, both siblings evidently sharing the same vision. WILLIAM KELLEY
As good as the Faiveley wines were, they are even better now. The wines made under François’ direction had a reputation for aging. How will the new style develop over time? I think they will age beautifully, but only time will tell. BRUCE SANDERSON
Faiveley’s access to some of the best Burgundian fruit is eye-watering. They are one of the biggest landholders in Burgundy with access to some of the best sites from Chablis through to Cote Chalonnais. They share a piece in nearly all the Grand Crus on the Cote D’Or. Great sites combined with savvy winemaking and finite resources has made this Domaine one of the finest in Burgundy today.
The style of these wines has changed over the years. Moving away from unyielding and oak led styles, across the board these are some of the most pure and terroir-driven Burgundies going round.
Siblings Erwan and Eva Faiveley have been at the helm for a while now, they represent the seventh generation. Since their leadership, it’s fair to say they have overseen the largest leap in quality to date. New cellars have been built and they’ve invested heavily back into the land, buying prime vineyards where possible. While respecting tradition, their modern approach brings life and vibrancy to the wines.
So with a wealth of vineyards and smart winemaking, this 2019 Bourgogne Rouge shoots beyond the stars in quality level. This is beautifully expressive and affordable Bourgogne – a rarity these days. It’s hands down one of the best value red Burgundies you’ll find. A mix of estate and neighbouring vineyards, this falls under their negociant label, Joseph Faiveley. The wines are all made in the cellars of Faiveley.
Hailing from the much-prized 2019 vintage which critics are frothing about – William Kelley calls ‘a more concentrated version of 2010.’ This is truly a great vintage. Not as ripe as 2018 with vibrant fruit tones and refined tannins. Make some room in your cellar for 2019 – if you can get your hands on any.
Its intensity and structure make it a cellarable option if you prefer your pinot with some autumnal tones, but its youthful vibrancy is part of its charm. It has depth and confidently expresses its take on Burgundy. Dial in some Peking duck and share it with friends.
Buy it in a 6 pack for $249, making it $41.5 a bottle. Or single bottles are $44 each.