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.

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Prices are ex-VAT per case of 12 bottles, unless otherwise advised.  DP = duty-paid ex-London.  IB = under bond ex-London.

White 2018 Domaine Faiveley - Bienvenues Batard Montrachet grand cru 75cl £1,130 per case of 6 IB
Restrained, linear and focused with green orchard fruits (pears) and saline char... Read more
Restrained, linear and focused with green orchard fruits (pears) and saline character. Taut at present but with some time this will be perfectly balanced. RKL Close
Red 2018 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 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 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 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 - Gevrey Chambertin Vielles Vignes 75cl £155 per case of 6 IB
Classic Cote de Nuits dark fruit aromas, really singing in this vintage, of blac... Read more
Classic Cote de Nuits dark fruit aromas, really singing in this vintage, of black fruit nose, balanced by drying, serious tannins; just lacks some balancing mid-palate concentration and energy. Good effort though, 4-7 yrs. RKL "Once again there is just enough reduction to push the fruit to the background but not so much to completely mask the earth and sauvage nuances. The rich, full-bodied and solidly concentrated flavors possess a suave and caressing mouthfeel while exhibiting better balance on the only mildly rustic finale. This is quite good for its level and worth considering. (88-91 points)/2028+" Burghound "The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes derives from fully 30 different widely distributed parcels and is thus very representative of the commune taken as a whole. Exhibiting aromas of sweet berry fruit, smoked meats, rich soil tones and black truffle, the wine is medium to full-bodied, supple and succulent, with a lively core of fruit, refined tannins and a sapid finish. 89-91 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com Close
White 2018 Domaine Faiveley - Ladoix Blanc 75cl £195 per case of 12 IB
Open and floral on the nose, with notes of bricohe and some fine acidity which ... Read more
Open and floral on the nose, with notes of bricohe and some fine acidity which fades in the face of the soft floral texture. Good length and an appealing style which will likely gain richness in bottle. RKL "The 2018 Ladoix Blanc reveals attractive aromas of crisp green apple, white flowers and warm bread, followed by a medium to full-bodied, chalky and tensile palate that's lively and finely balanced, typical of the mineral-driven white wines of this sector. 2021-2025. 89 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com Close
Red 2018 Domaine Faiveley - Mercurey Clos des Myglands 1er Cru 75cl £220 per case of 12 IB
Closed on the nose but showing smoke, dark fruits and hinting at structure and s... Read more
Closed on the nose but showing smoke, dark fruits and hinting at structure and seriousness, with lots of concentration on palate and ripe velvet tannins. Reminiscent of 2015 but with far more balance, in part from the abundant tannins (far more than in '15) and fresher acidity. RKL "A mild touch of reduction blurs the detail but the fruit is clearly ripe. Otherwise there is a highly seductive mouthfeel to the solidly concentrated middle weight flavors that possess even better depth on the more structured and slightly rustic finale. This is blessed with plenty of dry extract and is very promising for improving over the mid-term. Recommended for value. (89-91 points)/2026+" Burghound Close
Red 2018 Domaine Faiveley - Mercurey Clos du Roy 1er Cru 75cl £240 per case of 12 IB
More perfumed than the Clos du Myglands, very intense, red and plum fruits, powe... Read more
More perfumed than the Clos du Myglands, very intense, red and plum fruits, powerful tannins and excellent acidity. Has the structure of a Cote de Beaune, and as such needs more time in bottle. RKL Close
White 2018 Domaine Faiveley - Mercurey Clos Rochette (Monopole) 75cl £180 per case of 12 IB
Very fresh and with chiselled, lime acidity, linear and focused, balancing under... Read more
Very fresh and with chiselled, lime acidity, linear and focused, balancing underlying fruit richness. Excellent energy for this year. RKL Close
Red 2018 Domaine Faiveley - Nuits St Georges 75cl £150 per case of 6 IB
Just lovely...full nose, deep meaty savoury notes, then full fruit balanced by v... Read more
Just lovely...full nose, deep meaty savoury notes, then full fruit balanced by very powerful tannins and acidity, superb. RKL "Mingling aromas of wild berry fruits and orange rind with nuances of smoked meats and loamy soil, Faiveley's 2018 Nuits-Saint-Georges Village derives from over three hectares of vineyards owned by the house. It's medium to full-bodied, supple and enveloping, with a rounded, charming personality that reveals none of the stereotypical Nuits asperity. 89-91 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com Close
Red 2018 Domaine Faiveley - Nuits St Georges Aux Chaignots 1er Cru 75cl £285 per case of 6 IB
Fresh red fruits on the nose, with chalky limestone character to tannins and aci... Read more
Fresh red fruits on the nose, with chalky limestone character to tannins and acidity, beautifully poised wine, delicate not concentrated. RKL Close
Red 2018 Domaine Faiveley - Nuits St Georges Les Porets St George 1er Cru 75cl £265 per case of 6 IB
Intensely meaty savoury nose, wonderfully refined tannins, Grand Cru level of fi... Read more
Intensely meaty savoury nose, wonderfully refined tannins, Grand Cru level of finesse, if not quite the concentration. Not a hint of overripeness. GC level and hence outstanding value. RKL Close
White 2018 Domaine Faiveley - Puligny Montrachet La Garenne 1er cru 75cl £310 per case of 6 IB
"Aromas of Anjou pear, white flowers, fresh peach and warm pastry introduce the ... Read more
"Aromas of Anjou pear, white flowers, fresh peach and warm pastry introduce the 2018 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne, a medium to full-bodied ample and enveloping wine, with a textural attack that segues into a core of succulent fruit underpinned by lively acids. This has turned out well. 91-93+ points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com Close
White 2018 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
White 2018 Domaine Faiveley - Rully Les Villeranges 75cl £160 per case of 12 IB
16 months in 50% oak barrels, of which 10% are new. Ripe, generous pear and app... Read more
16 months in 50% oak barrels, of which 10% are new. Ripe, generous pear and apple fruits, with the oak very much in the background. Fresh acidity and with a good texture, only the modest length determines this is not from a more famous village. Lovely in 2018. RKL Close

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