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January 17, 2014

Faiveley Chambolle Musigny ‘Les Charmes’ and Nuits St. Georges ‘Les Damodes’ 2012

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Late last night Allen Meadows aka Burghound released his Burgundy 2012 (Cote de Nuit) report and scores. After some abstraction regarding litanies to the wine gods (2012 is the smallest vintage since 2003) and the Wizard of Oz (something about pertaining to ”Lions, Tigers and Bears, oh my”), he proclaimed the vintage ”as not only good but in many cases excellent”. Following the Wine Advocate’s excellent scores there is ample vindication in viewing this as a wonderful vintage.

In Burghound’s opinion one of the leading producers this year was Domaine Joseph Faiveley, with their Clos de Beze achieving the same score as the great Armand Rousseau (93-96) and adorning his ‘Don’t Miss’ list; along with another Grand Cru Faiveley giant Corton Clos des Corton (93-95). Faiveley’s Clos de Beze 2012 first tranche release price is 400% cheaper then Rousseau’s Clos de Beze. This paradigm of quality vs price extends into Faiveley’s 1er Cru’s, with their Chambolle Musigny Charmes scoring a wonderful 90-93 points and their Nuits St Georges Les Damodes 89-92 points which we are delighted to be offering today.

Domaine Joseph Faiveley
Domaine Joseph Faiveley was founded in 1825 by Pierre Faiveley; Joseph Faiveley, Pierre’s son took over the running of the domaine and gave his name to the business. Faiveley are one of the largest domaines in Burgundy and today the seventh generation of the family, Erwan Faiveley runs the domaine together with the General Manager, Bernard Hervet, formally a 20 year veteran of Bouchard Pere et Fils. Erwan Faviveley and Hervet, have modernised many of the wine making practices and revolutionised their cellars in Nuit Saint Georges, including state of the art barrel presses and custom designed wooden vats. Faiveley is without question one of the most respected domaines in Burgundy while still offering wonderful value and as such is one of the most investable presently in the Cote d’Or.

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes 2012 - 90-93AM, 6x75cl – £315 EP

The superb Chambolle-Musingy1er Cru vineyard plot Les Charmes is located to the east of the village, on the mid-slopes of the Cote D’Or escarpment and along with Les Amoureuses is the most highly valued 1er cru plot in this great village. This is a spectacular wine and is not to be missed at £52 a bottle, also awarded a purple heart by Burghound, the most exacting marker in fine wine. The Les Charmes 2011 scored 90-92 points and already trades at £350 a case, with much less made in 2012 this is also a good wine for speculation.

Allen Meadows, Burghound 90-93 points, tasted: Jan 15, 2014
An ultra-elegant and intensely floral nose of red currant and raspberry aromas is trimmed in just enough wood to notice. There is a lacy and pure mouth feel to the lightly mineral-inflected medium weight flavors that possess plenty of energy on the balanced, cool and beautifully persistent finish. A classic Charmes of harmony and grace. Drink: 2020+ Outstanding

Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes 2012 - 89-92AM, 6x75cl – £225 IB

Domaine Faiveley is situated in Nuit StGeorges and dominate in this village with some of the leading plots, one of these is the 1er Cru Les Damodes. We were truly impressed by this wine at this year’s tasting and immediately requested a parcel. The 1er Cru vineyard Les Damodes is the furthest north west of the village and in fact forms part of the mid-slope escarpment running down from Vosne Romanee; as such it borders the famous Vosne 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts, the vineyard that rims La Tache. As such Les Damodes takes on the powerful characteristics of the Grand Cru vineyards of Vosne Romanee, while maintaining the wonderful perfume of Nuit St Georges. Faiveley are arguably the best producer in Les Damodes and at £37.50 a bottle this offers immense value for this vintage, while the 2011 already costs £300 for a half case.

Allen Meadows, Burghound 89-92 points, tasted: Jan 15, 2014
An overtly spicy nose of cool and earthy aromas of red currant and elegant floral notes. There is good delineation to the supple and vibrant medium weight flavors that possess a taut muscularity on the lightly mineral-inflected finish. This harmonious effort delivers fine length in a package that should amply reward mid to longer-term cellaring.

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