Domaine Faiveley 2018 En Primeur
Our full 2018 En Primeur offer will be released in January, but we are pleased to offer a 'preview' selection below, featuring wines which particularly impressed us when we tasted barrel samples last month.
In the past, Faiveley's style was 'firm', verging on austere. The reds, in particular, needed long ageing, to soften the tannins. Since Erwan Faiveley took over from his father in 2005 (becoming one of the youngest directors of a Burgundy domaine in the process) the style has softened and become more elegant. It is a style which in our opinion is complimented wonderfully by the 2018 vintage, with its generous, concentrated fruit.
Faiveley's tasting was held the day after Jadot's and it was relatively easy to make direct comparisons. So why buy Faiveley in 2018?
Vineyard work and winemaking at both Faiveley and Jadot has never been better, with little to separate them in terms of quality. Both houses own glittering collections of grand and premier cru climats, valued at stratospheric prices. So what distinguishes them? On paper, very little...so we put a few well-placed questions to winemaker Jérôme Flous to try to understand the Faiveley style a little better.
Jérôme warmed to his theme when we mentioned his counterpart at Jadot, Frederic Barnier. Barnier favours slightly higher fruit ripeness levels, according to Jérôme. Picking at Faiveley began just two days earlier than at Jadot (27th August), but for Jérôme this makes all the difference.
Faiveley's new winery
Picked at higher acidity, his wines undergo a full 'malo'...Jadot's do not. This gives the white wines a different texture and flavour profile; think orchard fruits, pear, almond and saline notes, versus the more "opulent" style of Jadot. Hearing Jérôme, you might think Jadot make Napa Chardonnay! In reality, the distinctions are much more nuanced.
For the reds in 2018, Jérôme's approach has resulted in intense wines which balance concentration with elegance. We were particularly impressed by the wines from Nuits-St-George, with the 1er Cru "Les Porêts St-Georges" showing almost grand cru levels of concentration and meaty, savoury complexity with super-refined tannins.
Faiveley's winemaker Jerome Flous
The Côtes Chalonnaise wines also benefit from additional concentration in 2018 and are brilliant value. Rully "Les Villeranges" and Mercurey Blanc "Clos Rochette" both show a beautiful ripeness and intensity which would grace far more expensive wines.
The Mercurey reds are equally convincing, the "Clos du Myglands" and "Le Clos du Roy" 1er Crus both approachable but offering very good concentration. If you have ever followed them, this is the year to buy them again.
Wines to be added below shortly.
Prices are ex-VAT per case of 12 bottles, unless otherwise advised. DP = duty-paid ex-London. IB = under bond ex-London.
|Red||2018||3 cases||Domaine Faiveley - Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru||75cl||£660 per case of 6||IB|
Elegant blackcurrant fruit with wonderful purity, very fine and elegant fine but... Read more
Elegant blackcurrant fruit with wonderful purity, very fine and elegant fine but the duration leaves no doubt about GC status, building on the palate (pheasant's tail....). Wonderfully elegant. RKL "The 2018 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru is another of the portfolio's high-points this year, bursting with aromas of wild berries, orange rind, incense and smoked meats. On the palate, it's full-bodied, fleshy and textural, with old-vine concentration, broad shoulders and a long finish. While this is a muscular, serious Charmes, it's also very elegantly rendered. 93-95 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com Close
|White||2018||2 cases||Domaine Faiveley - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru||75cl||£820 per case of 6||IB|
A huge success here, great intensity with balance too, very notable duration fro... Read more
A huge success here, great intensity with balance too, very notable duration from mid-palate through to the finish with lots of energy, almond character giving a beautiful resonant finish. RKL "Bursting from the glass with aromas of citrus oil, fresh pear, dried flowers, toasted nuts and fresh pastry, Faiveley's 2018 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is medium to full-bodied, lively and incisive, with good concentration and chalky structuring extract, concluding with a long, precise and mineral finish. 93-95 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com Close
|Red||2018||2 cases||Domaine Faiveley - Corton Clos Des Cortons Grand Cru||75cl||£680 per case of 6||IB|
Powerful and concentrated with lots of black cherry aromas. Very phenolic, inte... Read more
Powerful and concentrated with lots of black cherry aromas. Very phenolic, intense fruit, juicy, pleasingly rustic and energetic, will require 6-7 years in cellar. RKL "Moderate wood and menthol influences frame the intensely earthy and gamy aromas of both red and dark currant. There is excellent energy to the stony medium weight plus flavors that are at once succulent yet powerful where the latter carries over to the serious, firmly structured and mildly warm finish that goes on and on. This somewhat rustic effort is very Corton in basic character and a wine that's going to require patience. (93-95 points)/2040+" Burghound "Aromas of wild berries, dark chocolate, grilled squab, warm spices and forest floor introduce the 2018 Corton Grand Cru Clos des Cortons Faiveley, a medium to full-bodied, youthfully reserved wine that's deep, lively and concentrated, concluding with a long and beautifully defined finish. This is another terrific rendition of Faiveley's emblematic grand cru in the making. 93-95 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com Close
|Red||2018||4 cases||Domaine Faiveley - Gevrey Chambertin Les Cazetiers 1er Cru||75cl||£350 per case of 6||IB|
Another 'wow' here, a real jump up in concentration from the Lavaux; Cazetier is... Read more
Another 'wow' here, a real jump up in concentration from the Lavaux; Cazetier is full with black fruits and enormous intensity, generous and rich with lots of spice, brilliant in 2018. RKL "This is very Gevrey in character with plenty of sauvage, freshly turned earth, forest floor and brooding wild dark berry and cassis scents. There is fine richness to the concentrated, powerful and full-bodied flavors that exhibit a subtle minerality on the moderately austere and impressively long and slightly grippy finale. (90-93 points)/2030+" Burghound "Mingling aromas of sweet wild berries with rich bass notes of forest floor, spice and grilled squab, the 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers is medium to full-bodied, broad and concentrated, with rich structuring tannins, comparatively low acidity and a long, sapid finish. 92-94 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com Close
|Red||2018||Domaine Faiveley - Nuits St Georges Les Porets St Georges 1er cru||75cl||£265 per case of 6||IB|
|White||2018||4 cases||Domaine Faiveley - Puligny Montrachet Les Champs Gains 1er cru||75cl||£270 per case of 6||IB|
"A fine follow-up to the excellent 2017, Faiveley's 2018 Puligny-Montrachet 1er ... Read more
"A fine follow-up to the excellent 2017, Faiveley's 2018 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Gain mingles aromas of crisp orchard fruit and orange oil with nuances of nutmeg and pastry cream in an incipiently complex bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, supple and satiny, it's lively and precise, with a chalky finish. 92-94 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com Close