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.
A town in the Côte de Nuits producing some of Burgundy's most renowned red wines. With 400ha of vineyard area this is the largest wine-producing region in the Côte d'Or. Gevrey-Chambertin's wines are typically some of the sturdiest in the Côte de Nuits, certainly bigger and heavier than those of close neighbours Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny. As such the best examples require a longer bottle-ageing to show at their best, however whilst the best examples rate as highly as those of Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny, being a large commune there are all too many disappointing wines that lack the ripeness structure and power they should have. Fortunately there are a number of top class growers making Gevrey, including Armand Rousseau, Denis Mortet, Bruno Clair, Drouhin-Laroze, Trapet, Rossignol-Trapet, and Denis Bachelet.
Gevrey also boasts eight grands crus, perhaps too many!, the finest of which are Chambertin and Chambertin-Clos de Bèze. Whilst it is questionable whether some of these are worthy of their Grand Cru status, Gevrey also boasts two Premiers Crus, the region's best, considered worthy of elevation to Grand Cru status. These are Les Cazetiers and Clos St-Jacques, a particularly fine bottling of the latter is produced by Domaine Armand Rousseau, who charge more for their Clos St-Jacques than for several of their other Grands Crus.