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: La Combe aux Moines or 'The Monks Combe' is one of the most northern vineyards in the appellation of Gevrey Chambertin bordering Les Cazetiers to the south. The 12 acre vineyard sits with an eastern exposure with soils of fossiliferous clay and white marl. Domaine Faiveley owns a single 2.96 acre parcel on the top southern border of the vineyard.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested and sorted upon arrival at the domaine. Following a short 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.
This is the first wine to display overtly generous wood and it fights somewhat with the fresh and cool aromas of red and dark currants, violet, earth and ample sauvage character. The dense, serious and well-muscled big-bodied flavors possess good minerality as well as plenty of sappy dry extract before terminating in a very firm and somewhat rustic and austere finale. Again, patience.
Dark red-ruby. Very precise aromas of dark berries and smoky minerality convey a stronger impression of energy than the Amoureuses. In a distinctly savory, dark style, showing more smoky minerality than easygoing fruit today. This rather clenched, solidly structured wine finishes with big but fine-grained tannins. Erwan Faiveley describes this wine as "our entry-level Gevrey premier cru," noting that this northeast-facing plot was favored by the dry, warm weather in 2015.
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