Faiveley Les Cazetiers is a stunning wine. Faiveley own half of the vineyard but the whole vineyard is worthy of your attention. Les Cazetiers is just North of the Grand Cru quality Clos Saint Jacques. It is higher in altitude than most of the Gevrey. It is a restrained vineyard, not as outgoing as Le Chambertin or Clos Saint Jacques. But Faiveley Les Cazetiers does show complexity and stunning ageability. It will still seduce lovers of the Gevrey power though.
Faiveley is a large business in Burgundy who own large parcels all over the Cotes. This includes 70ha in Mercurey – a mostly overlooked region South of the Cote d’Or. From entry-level to Grand Cru there is amazing care and attention. Their monopole wines are worth seeking out.
Reduction and wood currently overshadow the underlying fruit. There is first-rate intensity and power to the concentrated broad-shouldered flavors that possess a velvet-textured mid-palate while delivering outstanding length on the balanced and only mildly rustic finale. If this can add even more depth it could very well merit the upper end of my predicted range. In sum, this is a classic example and as such, it’s very much destined for a long snooze in a cold cellar. 92-94 points Allen Meadows – Burghound (1/2018)
The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
Prestigious appellation, known for classy, powerful, structured wines with a mineral and dark fruited edge. Not as supple as Vosne but equally age worthy.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.
A seriously delicious vintage. Just there isn’t much of it. Buy from consistently good producers and enjoy them in 7-15 years time.