The much talked about Burgundian wines from Faiveley are here at Veno! Below is a list of all of the 2013 Domaine wines from Faiveley and they are all phenominal, just ask Allen Meadows from Burghound, who wrote the notes on these wines.
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"The growing season was very challenging, especially in the Cote de Beaune but even in the Cote de Nuits it was no cakewalk. We began picking in the Cote de Beaune on the 26th of September and in the Cote de Nuits on the 30th. Sorting was highly variable with some parcels requiring quite a bit and some almost none at all though as a very general statement there was more in the Cote de Beaune. We did use some whole clusters in our vinifications though none for our wines in Gevrey as we were afraid of off odors that have been common there over the past 10 years or so. Quantities were not generous but at least we had slightly better yields than we realized in 2012. As to wine quality the whites are good to very good but the reds are excellent.
2013 Domaine Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru: from a .62 ha parcel in Le Rognet, which is in Ladoix. A firmly closed nose reveals nothing more than reduction and wood notes at present and about all that can be noted is that the underlying fruit seems ripe. Otherwise there is outstanding richness to the very rounded and suave medium weight plus flavors that possess an abundance of dry extract that both coats the palate and buffers the moderately firm acid spine on the mineral-driven, saline and notably more persistent finish. This is more obviously structured and will need a few more years of cellar time to fully realize its considerable potential. 92-94 points, Tasted: Jun 15, 2015, Drink: 2021+ Issue: 59
2013 Domaine Faiveley Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru: from Puligny fruit. This is also attractively pure and airy, indeed this is unusually elegant for the appellation with its slightly more expressive nose of white flower, citrus, pear and light spice hints that is framed by a touch of wood toast. There is fine richness and muscle to the broad-shouldered flavors that possess the usual volume and power of a fine Batard though not the same precision of the Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet, all wrapped in a lingering and mouth coating finish. Once again, this should be approachable, and enjoyable, young. 90-93 points, Tasted: Jun 15, 2015, Drink: 2019+ Issue: 59
2013 Domaine Faiveley Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru: A highly restrained but elegant nose is airy, perfumed and fresh with ripe aromas of honeysuckle, citrus, and pear and a hint of spice elements. The attractively generous and relatively forward middle weight flavors offer very fine intensity before culminating an appealingly textured and precise finish that coats the mouth. This isn’t super dense but it is well-balanced and classy plus it should also drink well young if desired. 91-93 points, Tasted: Jun 15, 2015, Drink: 2019+ Issue: 59
2013 Domaine Faiveley Chambertin ‘Clos De Beze’ Grand Cru: from a 1.29 ha parcel. A classic and elegant Clos de Beze nose is composed of spicy and earthy if restrained red currant and floral aromas that are nuanced by subtle wisps of humus and exotic tea. The sense of elegance is reinforced by the fine-grain of the tannins on the wonderfully pure and intense broad-shouldered flavors that possess a lovely minerality on the hugely long, balanced and harmonious finish. This is good stuff that should amply repay extended cellaring. 93-95 points, Tasted: Jan 15, 2015, Drink: 2028+ Issue: 57. Don’t miss!
2013 Domaine Faiveley Corton ‘Clos Des Cortons” Grand Cru (Monopole): A generous dollop of moderately toasty oak mixes with the highly layered nose of black cherry, cassis, warm earth and an impressive array of sauvage and underbrush notes. There is excellent richness to the overtly powerful and muscular flavors that possess an imposing sense of scale that continues onto the textured and mouth coating finish. Like several of the wines in the range in 2013 this is a big but not really massive wine that retains a sense of proportion even though the underlying structure is quite firm. This will need plenty of patience however. 93-95 points, Tasted: Jan 15, 2015, Drink: 2028+ Issue: 57. Don’t miss!
2013 Domaine Faiveley Latricieres Chambertin Grand Cru: from a very large 1.21 ha parcel. Here the reduction is sufficiently pronounced to flatten the fruit and render it hard to evaluate. There is superb intensity and minerality to the beautifully well-delineated middle weight flavors that also possess plenty of that lovely underlying tension on the balanced and impressively persistent finish. As the best example of Latricieres always are this is a wonderful combination of finesse and focused power. Terrific. 93-95 points, Tasted: Jan 15, 2015, Drink: 2028+ Issue: 57. Don’t miss!
2013 Domaine Faiveley Echezeaux Grand Cru: from En Orveaux. A notably spicy and attractively floral-suffused nose features notes of plum, rose petal, violets and ripe red currants. There is a seductive texture to the openly rich and generously proportioned flavors that retain a lovely sense of vibrancy on the lightly mineral-inflected finish that delivers both fine depth and length. This is a relatively refined Ech thanks to the fine grain of the supporting tannins. 92-94 points, Tasted: Jan 15, 2015, Drink: 2025+ Issue: 57
2013 Domaine Faiveley Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru: from both Mazis Haut and Bas where the two parcels total a remarkable 1.20 ha. There is outstanding richness to the beautifully textured, powerful, concentrated and energetic large-scaled flavors that terminate in a driving and explosively long finish where a touch of wood surfaces. This is a big but not inelegant Mazis with a subtle minerality that adds a touch of refinement to the very firm palate impression. Patience required yet this will be approachable young sooner than the Latricieres. 92-95 points, Tasted: Jan 15, 2015, Drink: 2028+ Issue: 57
2013 Domaine Faiveley Clos De Vougeot Grand Cru: blended from 3 separate parcels. Like the Clos des Issarts this is earthy, cool and brooding with its aromas of dark berry fruit, cassis and a hint of the sauvage that are trimmed in just enough wood to notice. The exceptionally rich and round medium weight plus flavors possess a succulent mouth feel with fine concentration as well as plenty of dry extract that coats the palate on the beautifully long finish that is well-balanced though mildly austere at present. Note that despite the succulence of the mid-palate this will need plenty of cellar time to reach its majority. 92-95 points, Tasted: Jan 15, 2015, Drink: 2028+ Issue: 57
2013 Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru ‘Les Cazetiers’: from a huge 2.05 ha parcel. A classic Gevrey nose displays an abundance of that sauvage character that adds breadth to the intensely earthy plum, spice and black currant scents. The exceptionally rich, powerful and imposingly concentrated middle weight plus flavors possess plenty of minerality that adds a sense of life to the palate coating finish where the supporting tannins are notably firm. Even so, in much the same fashion as the Combe aux Moines this is a bit less youthfully austere than it usually is. Good stuff and worth considering. 91-94 points, Tasted: Jan 15, 2015, Drink: 2025+ Issue: 57. Sweet spot Outstanding.
2013 Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru ‘Clos des Issarts’ (Monopole): a .61 monopole of the Domaine. A brooding and backward nose exhibits ripe and overtly sauvage aromas of dark berry fruit and freshly turned earth. The earth character continues onto the detailed and more elegant middle weight flavors that possess solid concentration before concluding in a dusty, pure and balanced finish. This will need at least a decade to realize its full potential. 90-92 points, Tasted: Jan 15, 2015, Drink: 2023+ Issue 57
2013 Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru ‘La Combe Aux Moines’: from a very large 1.2 ha parcel. A relatively high-toned nose features extremely fresh notes of various red berries along with hints of earth, stone and humus. There is a lovely sense of tension underpinning the delineated, intense and stony medium-bodied flavors that possess solid power and punch on the balanced finish that is a touch less austere than it usually is at this early juncture. 90-93 points, Tasted: Jan 15, 2015, Drink: 2023+ Issue: 57. Outstanding
2013 Domaine Faiveley Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru ‘Aux Chaignots’: A wonderfully spicy and solidly complex nose offers up aromas of both red and dark currant aromas that evidence a touch of the sauvage, all of which is trimmed in just enough wood to notice. There is good richness but also good delineation to the delicious and lightly mineral-inflected flavors that possess a mouth coating finish. This well-balanced effort is very Nuits in basic character but with no overt rusticity. 89-92 points, Tasted: Jan 15, 2015, Drink: 2021+ Issue 57
2013 Domaine Faiveley Nuits St. George 1er Cru ‘Les Porets St. Georges’: Reduction presently masks the fruit and renders the nose impossible to assess. As it virtually always is this is bigger, richer and more powerful with fine mid-palate concentration that helps to butter the slightly firmer and more rustic tannins on the impressively complex and persistent finish. This is very Nuits in character and will need 10 to 12 years to arrive at its apogee. 90-92 points, Tasted: Jan 15, 2015, Drink: 2023+ Issue: 57
2013 Domaine Faiveley Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru ‘Les Damodes’: This is aromatically similar to the Chaignots but perhaps just a touch fresher. There is fine richness to the very round and attractively textured medium-bodied flavors where the minerality is a bit more pronounced on the relatively powerful finish that is slightly longer though slightly less complex. At the moment these two wines are qualitative equals but the expressions are quite different. 89-92 points, Tasted: Jan 15, 2015, Drink: 2021+ Issue: 57
2013 Domaine Faiveley Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru ‘Les St. Georges’: This is both more aromatically complex and more elegant with its restrained, pure and beautifully well-layered nose of assorted red berries, earth, floral, game and tea scents. There is a relatively refined mouth feel to the robust yet refined middle weight flavors that possess plenty of tannin-buffering dry extract, all wrapped in a balanced and impressively long finish where a touch of wood appears. 91-93 points, Tasted: Jan 15, 2015, Drink: 2025+ Issue: 57 Sweet spot Outstanding
2013 Domaine Faiveley Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens: A restrained and cool nose features notes of both red and black pinot fruit with hints of herbal tea, spice and wet stone. The delicious and energetic middle weight flavors possess plenty of minerality and solid mid-palate density before culminating on the lingering finish that also displays a trace of dryness. Even so among the three wines from the Cote de Beaune in the range this displays the least amount of dryness. I would describe this as a success for the vintage. 87-90 points, Tasted: Jan 15, 2015, Drink: 2019+ Issue: 57
All of the above notes were written and compiled by Allen Meadows of Burghound - the legend!