Domaine Faiveley combines the principles of modern winemaking methods with the time honored traditions that have been practiced for centuries within their 19th century cellars. Each terroir and each vintage, benefits from special attention which makes the cuvées unique. Each bottle therefore becomes the faithful reflection of its terroir.
Terroir: 1er Cru "Les Amoureuses" is situated just below the Grand Cru Musigny and shares its northern border with 1er Cru "Les Charmes" . Domaine Faiveley's small parcel sits mid slope with an ideal south/ southeast exposure and stony, shallow limestone soils.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested and sorted upon arrival at the domaine. Following a 18-20 day maceration the must undergoes primary fermentation in a combination of stainless steel and wooden vats. The young wines are aged in 70% lightly toasted new oak barrels for 14 to 16 months.
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 nervosit and I quite like the silky texture but the mid-palate density isn't quite as good here as either that of the Fues or the Combe d'Orveau.
Bright, dark red. Less noble on the nose than the Fues, offering slightly smoky scents of redcurrant, raspberry, coffee and meaty reduction. At once silky and juicy but without quite the dimension or early sex appeal of the Fues. Backward and classic but I wanted a bit more sucrosit for Amoureuses. Finishes with dusty, slightly granular tannins and very good persistence.
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