Fabulous definition of flavours here, ripe but fresh, almost hedonistic in approach, there is so much fruit allied to reserves of brooding power below. A saline edge provides freshness alongside smoky almost savoury notes of seaweed and toast. A powerful and complex Bienvenues.
Founded in 1825, Domaine Faiveley has seen its fair share of vintages. Based in the Côte de Nuits, this family run domaine has over time, progressed and expanded to such a point that it now owns vines in some of the finest terroirs in Burgundy, including Gevrey-Chambertin, Volnay, and Puligny-Montrachet. The vineyard holdings are often small averaging at 1 hectare; therefore production sizes are extremely limited. Yet the domaine commands more than 10 hectares of Grand Crus, including the entirely Faiveley owned Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru. Maturation takes place in oak barrels from coopers have been rigorously selected for their fine grain and light toast. For red wines a third new oak is used for the Premiers Crus and two thirds for the Grands Crus. Remaining a family run domaine, it was François Faiveley who introduced more modern techniques of sorting and fermentation. Now, he has passed this on to his son, Erwan Faiveley, who took over the domaine in 2007 and has set about fine-tuning the winemaking process to make a more gentle, elegant style of Burgundy. The red premiers crus are aged. Wine produced under the Joseph Faiveley label are a product of fruit sourced by the negociant arm of the business, in many cases, from some of the top vineyards in Burgundy. The Faiveley family also own Domaine de la Framboisiere in Mercurey from which they had bought fruit from since 1933. After working together for four generations they bought the Domaine in 2011.
One of the smallest white Grands Crus, all 3.69 ha of Bienevnues-Bâtard-Montrachet lie in the commune of Puligny-Montrachet, situated in the north-east corner of Bâtard-Montrachet. The wines are more delicate than those of Chevalier or Bâtard, lacking the minerality of the former and the muscle of the latter. Bievenues is nevertheless justifiably a Grand Cru in its own right, the best examples are fine, generously-textured, fragrant and rich with great length of flavour.