2015 Domaine Faiveley Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(Faiveley has one parcel in the middle of the Clos and two at the bottom): Bright red with ruby tones. Pungent aromas of black cherry, crushed strawberry, licorice and flowers complicated by a hint of menthol minerality. A dense fruit bomb on the palate, with its strawberry and cherry flavors given grip and lift on the back end by substantial dusty tannins, which are not yet as well integrated as those of the EchA?Aczeaux. Not at all a high-pH style of Clos Vougeot in spite of its lingering salty character. Erwan Faiveley described 2015 as a great vintage for Clos Vougeot, adding that 2014 was also very good. But many of their vines in this grand cru were burned by the late-April frost in 2016, he added.Author: Stephen Tanzer
Burghound | Rating: 95Earthy red berry fruit aromas trimmed in a discreet touch of wood spice are laced with earth, forest floor and violet hints. The full-bodied and tautly muscled broad-shouldered flavors possess excellent power and detail on the stunningly long, mildly rustic and youthfully austere finish. This is quite serious and clearly very structured yet it stops short of being overtly old school in style; that said, this will not be an early drinker.Author: Allen Meadows
JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 93Lovely fragrant nose with some delicate spicy notes, which are rich and fresh. The refined tannins are already beautifully integrated. The silky yet bright finish makes this wine very seductive now.Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93The 2015 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru is a real success, opening in the glass with a youthfully reserved bouquet of ripe red berries, rich soil, musk, candied peel and a creamy framing of new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and quite dramatic for a young Clos de Vougeot, with abundant but fine structuring tannins, juicy acids and a nicely sappy finish. Give this the better part of a decade in the cellar.Author: William Kelley
Today led by Erwan Faiveley, the Nuits-Saint-Georges-based operation is looking to expand the domaine's holdings of exceptional vineyards to ensure more control from vine to bottle across the entire portfolio. Faiveley's top wines are hand-bottled with no filtration, resulting in wines described by Clive Coates as "...supremely clean and elegant: definitive examples of Pinot Noir... above all they have richness and breed, the thumbprint of a master winemaker."
Burgundy is home to some of the greatest and most expensive wines in the world. Stretching from Auxerre in the north to Lyon in the south, the region's most famous section is the limestone-rich Côte d'Or. Vineyards in Burgundy are classified according to their locations on the hillsides. Only 2% of total production is from grand cru sites, while premier cru and village-level wines are more common. It is rare for one domaine to own an entire vineyard; rather the land has been divided down to individual rows, in some cases as a result of inheritance laws. While other varieties can be found in Burgundy, and reign supreme. The best examples are capable of aging for 15 years or more, a rarity for these two varieties, making them highly valuable.
Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.
Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from , where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include , , , and .
New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in , particularly and , and top producers include , , and .
High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 40 bottles owned
- 7 collectors