A 2.8 hectare monopole of Domaine Faiveley, high up on the east-facing side of the hill. This must rank among the very finest Clos des Cortons
that Faiveley have produced: rich hedgerow, autumn berry flavours and muscled edgy tannins provide the structure, yet they are amply
smothered in dark fruit liqueur characteristics. Big but clear and lively. Excellent.
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.
Corton is the only red wine Grand Cru in the côte de beaune and covers several vineyards which are known as either Corton or as Corton hyphenated with their individual names, such as Bressandes or Clos du Roi. The style of the wine will depend on exactly where the vines are situated. Corton is an early-ripening area and the Pinot Noir grapes are usually the first to be harvested in the Côte d'Or. The vast majority of white wine that comes from the hill of Corton is Corton-Charlemagne though there is a miniscule amount of white Corton made.