2012 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, Domaine Joseph Faiveley

Tasting Notes

Burghound 92-94/100
From 3 parcels - This isn't quite as spicy as the Ech but it's just as fresh with a brooding and highly complex nose of pungently earthy dark berry fruit and lightly floral-inflected scents. While this is concentrated and serious the supporting tannins shaping the moderately big-bodied flavors are relatively fine-grained. There is a real sense of focus and controlled power that allows this to retain a lovely sense of balance and harmony on the beautifully long finish. Note that like several of the wines in the range, this is expressly intended to age and it will need it.

Erwan Faiveley and Bernard Hervet describe 2012 as a "tough vintage to manage and this was particularly true in the Côte de Beaune as there were several hail storms that wreaked havoc. In fact so much so that we have never made such a small harvest for our whites. The Côte de Beaune reds were hit hard as well though thankfully the Côte de Nuits fared much better because even though the flowering was poor everywhere, at least there was no hail. The biggest surprise of all though was the Côte Chalonnaise as it gave us both excellent quality and good if not abundant quantities. Across all of our appellations we probably came in about where we did in 2010. We began picking on the 19th of September and we noticed a definite difference between what we harvested before the rains that fell on the 26th and those that were picked afterwards. We picked all of our grands crus between the 21st and the 25th and finished all appellations by the 28th. The fruit was ripe and largely clean with sugars in the 13 to 13.5% range which means that there was very little chaptalization and in most cases none at all. We did our normal vinifications except for using a bit more whole clusters. What we mean by this is that it's not so much that we augmented the percentage of whole clusters for any given wine so much as we used them for wines where we had not previously done so. Overall the 2012s have a rare harmony of high phenolic ripeness, good but not high alcohols and balanced acidities. They should age well yet deliver pleasure in their youth, which is not always the case." As to my take on the quality of the Faiveley 2012s, I would say the same thing that I did about their 2011s. This is to say that Faiveley did a very nice to excellent job in 2012 but primarily in the Côte de Nuits because I was not wowed with the Côte de Beaune offerings.


Vineyard Information

In 2007 Erwan Faiveley took over the reins of the firm from his father Francois and the generational change has had an electrifying effect on the company. Investment has been made across the company in the form of new vineyard holdings, updated winemaking equipment and replacement of tired old barrels with high quality new oak. Over the past 6 years the team have really found their feet and the quality here is striking - this is not wine made to a recipe, there is a proper respect for the character of each appellation and the wines are a joy to drink.

Domaine Faiveley traces its history back to 1823 and through seven generations they have built up an exceptional vineyard portfolio including 50 hectares in Côte de Nuits, 15 in Côte de Beaune and 75 in Côte Chalonnaise. Indeed the latest addition of 20 ha in Gevrey Chambertin was added as recently as October 2013.


Colour Red Origin France
Region Burgundy Red ABV 13.50%
Drink From 2020 Drink To 2040
Special occasion, Fine Wine, Wine for the Cellar