2011 Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley

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Average critic rating : 91.25 points



As is usually the case with this wine when it's young, the nose is restrained to the point of being almost mute though aggressive swirling liberates aromas of earth, spice, red currant and hints of the sauvage. And instead of the robust and well-muscled mid-palate there is an almost caressing mouth feel to the full-bodied yet refined flavors because while the supporting tannins are definitely firm and dense they are also quite finely-grained. There is excellent length to the moderately austere, tight, focused and linear finish that delivers outstanding persistence. Tasted: Jan 14, 2013. Drink: 2030+



Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. There is clearly some new oak that needs to be resolved on Faiveley’s Corton Clos de Corton ‘11. The fruit here is darker compared to its peers: black cherries, blackcurrant leaf and a dab of iodine. The palate is medium-bodied and modern in style: supple, juicy ripe red and black fruits and quite structured toward the finish, though it lacks some complexity and charm and comes across as aloof. Give this one or two more years in bottle, because there is clearly good substance here to build upon. eRobertParker.com.November, 2014

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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