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2015 Burgundy 1 Domaine and Maison Faiveley

2015 is an exceptional year for red Burgundy.
December 28, 2017

 

2015 Burgundy I

Domaine & Maison Faiveley

 

2015 is an exceptional year for red Burgundy. This is the best vintage since 2005. Examples belong in every burgundy lover’s celler. Unlike the 2005s, many of the wines are fruit forward and will drink young: others have the stuffing and tannin for long aging.

Erwan Faiveley made some striking wines that year. I have tasted many of these twice; in February and again in June  but  have included more extensive notes from critics Allen Meadows and Steve Tanzer, both of whom showed much the same enthusiasm that I had for them.

These are in stock but in quantities of only 3 to 12 bottles and are offered subject to prior sale. All sale prices are net per bottle with no further discount.

 

                                                                                                           Reg               Sale

Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru                                                   $385.00        29

Alan Meadows: A more deeply pitched nose is composed by notes of dark berry fruit, spice, earth and a hint of animale. There is obvious minerality to the rich, full and naturally sweet broad-scaled yet relatively elegant flavors that are solidly structured, muscular and wonderfully intense while delivering superb complexity on the hugely long and moderately rustic finish. This gorgeous effort is indisputably built for long-term aging.

Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses 1er Cru                    $345.00        270

Alan Meadows: A wonderfully spicy, warm and mildly exotic nose of black fruit, sandalwood and violet aromas complements the round, complex and supple flavors that merge into the dusty, sweet and impressively long finish. There is plenty of nervosité and I quite like the silky texture but the mid-palate density isn't quite as good here as either that of the Fuées or the Combe d'Orveau.

Corton Clos des Cortons                                                         $299.00        239

Steve Tanzer: Saturated dark red-ruby. Distinctly dark aromas of black cherry, licorice and violet convey an impression of medicinal reserve. Powerful black cherry, crunchy raspberry and licorice flavors boast remarkable intensity and energy but come across as less austere at this stage than normal. A huge wine with the structure for a 25-year evolution in bottle but there's something almost feminine about its fine-grained texture. The major tannins are totally supported by fruit on the classic, penetrating, extremely long aftertaste. A great wine in the making.

Chambolle Musigny La Combe d'Orveau 1er Cru   $225.00        179

Alan Meadows: This too is sufficiently reduced to push the underlying fruit to the background. By contrast there is an equally refined mouth feel to the highly seductive and tension-filled medium weight flavors that ooze a fine bead of minerality on the velvety finish that just goes on and on. This is first-rate and highly recommended plus it should drink well after only 5-ish years or so of bottle age but amply reward 10+.

2015 Faiveley Chambolle Musigny Charmes 1er Cru       $172.00        135

Alan Meadows: good richness and vibrancy to the elegant and silky-textured middle weight flavors that, as one would reasonably expect, are much less powerful and even a bit less complex as well on the lingering finale. This is certainly pretty and very Chambolle in character .

Nuits St. Georges Damodes 1er Cru                                    $128.00        99

Alan Meadows: brooding and reserved nose of ripe extract of black cherry along with plenty of earth, floral and sauvage hints. The powerful and concentrated middle weight plus flavors possess a lush and velvety mouth feel while displaying ample muscle on the structured, serious and impressively persistent finale. this moderately rustic effort will need patience.

Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Chaignots                     $125.00        99

Alan Meadows: A markedly floral nose offers up notes of herbal tea, earth, spice and both red and dark cherry nuances. There is both excellent volume and mid-palate concentration to the refined and lightly mineral-inflected flavors that possess focused power on the elegant and lingering finale. This is picture perfect Chaignots that should be approachable after only a few years of cellaring if that's your preference.

Volnay Fremiets 1er Cru                                                            $105.00        82

Alan Meadows: There is just enough reduction present to suppress the underlying fruit but there is excellent freshness and punch to the pure, detailed and elegant middle weight flavors that brim with both minerality and sappy dry extract on the firm, balanced and beautifully persistent finale. This succulent and stylish effort should both drink reasonably well young but also reward extended keeping.

Chambolle Musigny                                                                    $99.00          78

 

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