Precocious and sensual, silky smooth texture and lush ripe fruit flavours of raspberry, cherry, kirsch and damson. Bright and perfumed. So tactile and silky. Bold, explosive flavours but there is nonetheless the sense that, as with all great Grands Crus, there is plenty in reserve.
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.
Mazis-Chambertin, also written Mazy-, comprises 12.59 ha and along with Latricières-Chambertin is considered to be one of the best Gevrey Grands Crus after Chambertin and Clos de Bèze. The wines can be very fine intense and powerful, they age well but are be more generous in their youth than either Chambertin and Clos de Bèze being less structured. Some of the more renowned producers are Dugat Py, Maume, Rousseau Esmonin and d'Auvenay.