2014 Chambertin Clos de Beze Faiveley

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£2,575.00 DP

Average critic rating : 95.5 points



A kaleidoscopically spicy and broad-ranging nose is composed of pure and elegant red and dark berries along with hints of game, smoke, sandalwood, dried flowers and orange peel. The refined, intense and mineral-driven imposingly-scaled flavors coat the palate with dry extract while delivering stunningly good length on the delineated finish that just goes on and on. This is a remarkable wine in every sense though once again it is not for the faint of heart as this too is going to require seriously extended cellaring to shed its fine but dense tannic spine. Patience, and lots of it, is absolutely essential. Jan 15, Drink 2034+

Deep ruby colour with lovely intensity on the nose. Aromas of Christmas cake, kirsch, raspberry and light undertone of vanilla. The palate shows super-concentrated ripe fruit (black currant, cherry and raspberry). Texturally, the tannins are fine-grained with a significant backbone of structure. The finish is bone-dry with a leathery flavour that lingers. Outstanding but just a baby and needs some time in the bottle. Dec 2015

Faiveley is most often referred to as a negociant though should probably be viewed as a very large domaine that does a bit of negociant work on the side. Faiveley is one of the largest landowners in the Côte de Nuits, with 123 hectares, of which 12 are grand cru.

The style here has completely changed over the past decade. “Old-style” Faiveley wines, which are very-roughly defined as pre-2005, are classically austere, a little tough, and require a great deal of time in the cellar to show their best.

The “new” style is considerably more forward: the wines have plenty of sweet and seductive fruit, though with a satisfyingly firm structure underneath. “Textbook” is perhaps a bit too easy a description, but the style here will please both lovers of fruit and lovers of tradition. What is undeniable is that the domaine is currently firing on all cylinders.

Wines to look out for include the monopole of Clos des Cortons Faiveley, one of just two vineyards in Burgundy to include the name of the owner in its appellation, and the Chambertin Clos de Beze Les Ouvrees Rodin – a selection from their very best parcel of Clos de Beze that was traditionally reserved for the family’s cellar.

“This is classic, expert wine-making; currently second to none. Burgundy at its best.” Clive Coates MW

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