Last week, Allen Meadows aka Burghound, released his quarter one report which included some of the leading red wines from the 2017 vintage. Overall, he believes 2017 to be ‘a good to very good vintage of quality and quantity’ remarking this is the ‘the first since 2009.’
In particular Faiveley, Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers offers exceptional quality vs value scoring 91-94 points from Burghound, who describes it as having a ‘powerful and focused finish that displays outstanding depth and persistence.’ It has also been awarded 91-93 from Neal Martin, a wine he calls ‘Excellent.’ In fact, Burghound selects it as one of his few ‘Sweet Spot’ wines in 2017, wines he believes offer excellent value, filling the gulf between wines that are under £60 a bottle and those over £195. Priced on release at £67.60 per bottle duty and VAT paid, it provides access to one of the top producers, in one of the very best 1er Cru plots. The immense value is further highlighted when one considers it outscores Armand Rousseau’s Cazetiers, which having been awarded 90-92 points will trade around £1,600 per case of six.
Cazetiers is considered one of the best Premier Cru sites in the whole of Burgundy with producers such Armand Rousseau and Leroy producing wines from the vineyard. Cazetiers occupies 80ha to the west of the village of Gevrey Chambertin and boarders another great Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru vineyard, Clos Saint-Jacques to the north. Cazetiers faces east and is one of the most elevated vineyards in the Cote de Nuits, nearly the same altitude as the Grand Cru vineyard of Chambertin, allowing it to benefit from maximum exposure to the sun in the early hours of the morning.
Undoubtedly one of the best value Grand Crus in the village of Chambertin in 2017 comes again from Faiveley, the stellar Mazis-Chambertin. This has been awarded 92-95 from Burghound, equalling the score for the 2016 and is among their highest ever scoring. Neal Martin has awarded it 92-94, highlighting the value proposition, offering the same score as Armand Rousseau’s Mazis-Chambertin which will be priced at above £3,000 once it comes to market.
Mazis-Chambertin is one of the nine Grand Crus of Gevrey Chambertin and is the most northern, bordering Clos de Beze and Ruchottes. An interesting point is that the Hospice de Beaune own a large proportion of land in Mazis-Chambertin. Flat like Chambertin and Chambertin Clos de Bèze, the Mazis vineyard would not appear to have anything different about it, at least not at first glance. However, the soil deposits are entirely different in Mazis, with much less concentration to the layered marl, clay and limestone.
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 Faiveley 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.
Faiveley is one of the very finest producers in Côte d’Or, loved by the critics who highlight the quality of the terroir, winemaking and the resultant translation into superb wines. Given the price of many of their peers, who they regularly outscore and the rising prices across Burgundy, Faiveley Grand and Premier Cru wines are superb buys for any Burgundy collector. The two wines today are highly allocated and we offer them subject to remaining unsold.
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