1976 Musigny Faiveley



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Average critic rating : 89.5 points

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A fully mature and impressively spicy nose displaying a hint of funk that detracts mildly from the overall spectrum of aromatic complexity fades into sweet, intense and still moderately structured flavors supported by good complexity and depth on the slightly short finish. To be sure, this is an interesting effort though it does not challenge the very best of the vintage.May 2006, www.burghound.com, Drink: Now

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1976 is hardly a vintage that many Burgundy collectors consider when it comes to older wines to purchase at auction, but there can be pleasant surprises to be found in this vintage. In my experience the house of Faiveley was amongst the most successful in the vintage, and many of the 1976 Faiveley wines that I have tasted have been quite tasty. This was certainly the case with the 1976 Musigny, which offers up a complex and pretty nose of dried dark berries, heather, woodsmoke, game, herbs, sous bois, coffee and a touch of iron in its soil tones. On the palate the wine is fullish, complex and very nicely balanced for a ’76, with fine focus and good length and grip on the finish. This is a stylish middleweight that offers up plenty of Musigny character in a mature, but still bright and vigorous palate impression. There is no signs of excessive dryness on the backend or roasted flavors or aromatics from the torrid growing conditions of 1976. Oct 2007, www.viewfromthecellar.com, Drink: 2007-2020

Faiveley: The Importance

Faiveley’s reputation for quality Burgundy has always been impeccable. For Clive Coates, “a Faiveley bottling from the 1940s and 1950s, if you can find one, is one of the best guarantees of a fine old Burgundy - but they have improved even more since. This is classic, expert wine-making; currently second to none. Burgundy at its best.”

 

Jancis Robinson has joined critics such as Allen Meadows and Stephen Tanzer in giving top scores to Faiveley year in your out.


Faiveley: The Insight

At 120 hectares spanning all of Burgundy, Domaine Faiveley has a staggeringly impressive set of Grand Cru vineyards in the Côte de Nuits, including Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Latricières-Chambertin, Mazis-Chambertin, along with Clos de Vougeot, Echezeaux and Musigny. Perhaps even more notable are the Grands Crus produced in the Côte de Beaune, such as the Bâtard-Montrachet, the Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, and the Corton-Charlemagne.

 

Other wines to look out for include the monopole of Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru Monopole, 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.

 

Faiveley: The Background

Treading the fine line between large family domaine and quality-obsessed négociant, the merchant side of the business today represents a mere 10% of production, with most of the grapes domaine-owned. The estate is currently run by Erwan Faiveley, who represents the seventh generation of Faiveleys to make wine in Nuits-Saint-Georges since the family established the domaine here in 1825. To support this model, in Allen Meadows’ words, “Faiveley has been highly acquisitive in the last few years” buying vineyards in both the Côte d'Or and Chablis. Other purchases include Domaine Annick Parent, Domaine Moot and a contract with Domaine Matrot-Wittersheim.

 

“The domaine has been pushing hard to raise the overall quality of their wines in the last several years- from what was already a very high level- and the 2009s that I tasted showed very well indeed,” according to John Gilman, while Allen Meadows reports them using more whole clusters and less new oak since 2012.



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