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: The 30+ acre 1er Cru Les Rugiens lies on the upper slopes above the village of Pommard. Domaine Faiveley's .5ha single parcel was acquired in 2007 and runs from top to bottom in the northern section of the vineyard names "les Rugiens Hauts". Sun exposure is east/ south-east with soils of scree (crushed rock) marl and iron oxide.
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 16 to 18 months.
Score: 94 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
A detailed, elegant Pommard, displaying cherry, earth and mineral flavors, with a firm underpinning of chalky tannins. Feels lean and sinewy on the long finish. This will make a fine bottle in due time. Best from 2021 through 2038.
(technical director Flous cut the percentage of new oak here from 50% to 20% due to his fear of making an overly tannic wine): Bright ruby-red. Captivating floral lift to the aromas of raspberry and brown spices. A step up in mid-palate texture and suppleness from the Volnays, but today the serious, early-arriving tannins dust the front teeth and cut off the wine's fruit on the back. This dry, savory Rugiens will need cellaring.
Here the slightly toasty nose is sufficiently reduced that the nose is impossible to assess. Otherwise though there is a lovely sense of verve to the more obviously mineral-driven and more muscular flavors that firm up quickly on the dusty, sappy and youthfully austere finale. This is textbook Rugiens that is built-to-age.
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