DOMAINE FAIVELEY

DOMAINE FAIVELEY

NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES
Owner:
Erwan Faiveley
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With holdings of 120 ha, Domaine Faiveley is one of the most important vineyard owners in Burgundy. Besides vines on the Côte Chalonnaise (Mercurey, Rully), Faiveley has vineyards on the Côte de Nuits (Clos de Bèze, Mazis-Chambertin, Clos de Vougeot, etc.) and on the Côte de Beaune (Corton-Charlemagne, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, Volnay, Pommard, etc.), some of which are monopoles (vineyards in single ownership), such as Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru. Seven generations of Faiveleys have succeeded each other at the helm since 1825, each bringing his own contribution.
DOMAINE FAIVELEY

In the 1930s Georges Faiveley – great grandfather of the present owner- founded the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin with his friend Camille Rodier, author of a highly-reputed book on Burgundy’s vineyards. The Confrérie today remains a remarkable promotional instrument for Burgundy’s wines. It was his son Guy Faiveley who expanded the estate with acquisitions on the Côte Chalonnaise.
François Faiveley, 6th generation, gave the firm new impetus by modernizing production conditions; he was one of the first to use a sorting table and to adopt cold maceration, which enhances extraction of aroma. His son Erwan succeeded him in 2005: he was only 25 year-old at that time! Erwan has decided to develop the domaine's production of the top white wines of Burgundy. Great white wines of the Côte de Beaune have come to enrich their range in 2008: Bâtard-Montrachet and Bienvenues- Bâtard-Montrachet Grands Crus, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru la Garenne.

The estate’s guiding philosophy hinges on the belief that great wine originates in the vineyard. It is therefore necessary to produce grapes of the very finest quality possible, and to this end great importance is placed on limited and stringently checked production. The vines are therefore pruned short, and unproductive strains are selected when replanting. Picking is carried out by hand and the harvest is sorted as it arrives at the winery.

Vatting times are fairly lengthy, a factor which has helped build Faiveley’s long-held reputation for producing wines with good ageing potential. And for prolonged vatting, temperature control is essential being the only way of preserving aromatic complexity. The wines are aged in French oak barrels in their XIXth century vaulted cellars of Nuits-Saint-Georges which provide ideal conditions for the ageing.

"Located in Nuits-Saint-Georges, in the heart of Burgundy, Domaine Faiveley owns more than 120 hectares of vines on exceptional terroirs including 10 Grands Crus and 20 Premiers Crus. Since 1825, the Faiveley family has always worked in the vineyard with the utmost respect for its climates of Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise." - Domain Faiveley: for 7 generations, working with exceptional terroir.