Faiveley - Chambertin 1911 Grand Cru

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Faiveley Chambertin Grand Cru 1911

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More than 100 years old and from one of the better pre-war vintages in burgundy is this majestic Chambertin 1911 of Faiveley. The bottle has been stored in good conditions in a Belgium cellar for over 50 years.


Domaine Faiveley

Pierre Faiveley founded the business in 1825. François, began to take over from his father Guy in the mid-1970s, and was solely in charge since 1978. The wines were fine then - a Faiveley bottling from the 1940s and 1950s, if you can find one, is one of the best guarantees of a fine old Burgundy - but they have improved even more since. This is classic, expert wine-making; currently second to none. Burgundy at its best.

What is less known is that the wine business is only a minor element in the Faiveley empire. Faiveley Transport is a major engineering firm, responsible, inter alia, for much of the rolling stock that supports the TGVs. In 2004 Francois was translated upstairs to take a more active part in Faiveley Transport, and he left the day to day running of the Burgundy side to his eldest som Erwan, born in 1979. Erwan duly became the youngest P.D.G. (Président Directeur Générale) in Burgundy. Bernard Hervet, lately of Bouchard Père et Fils, was brought in as Managing Director and Jérome Flouis as technical director. Much has been fine-tuned since; all for the better. Prior to this the domaine's holdings in the Côte d'Or ware largely confined to red wines in the Côte de Nuits. There were important vineyards in Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny and Nuits-Saint-Georges, but most of the whites had to be bought in. What there was in addition was a significant estate in the Côte Chalonnaise, based around a separate vinification centre in Mercurey. Here the Faiveley ancestors had made an imaginative investment in the 1960s and 1970s.

Further expansion took place after the arrival of Erwan Faiveley. In 2007 the firm bought the Annick Parent domaine, based in Monthelie, and including 70 ares of Volnay, Fremiets and 50 ares of Pommard, Rugiens. The following year provided the purchase of the Monnot vineyards in Puligny (50 ares of Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, 35 ares of Bâtard-Montrachet and 10 ares of Puligny-Montrachet, La Garenne) and the lease of the vines of Matrot-Wittersheim in Meursault; and in 2012 the 23 ha domaine of Dupont-Tisserandot in Gevrey-Chambertin, which gives them more vines in Mazis-Chambertin, vines in Charmes-Chambertin, Corton-Rognet, Cazetiers (more) and Lavaux-Saint-Jacques, plus a further 9 hectares of Gevrey villages. THE DOMAINE The Faiveley domaine, today 130 hectares divided between Mercurey (70 ha) and the Côte d'Or (60 ha, is not just one of the largest in Burgundy, but is probably the richest in terms of its concentration in premier and grand cru climats. From the start, unlike other merchants at the time, François Faiveley's predecessors re-invested their profit in real estate, in order, as they put it, to control the quality chain right through from the plantation of the young rootstock down to the day the bottle arrives in the cellar of the client. In grands crus the estate comprises vines in Clos de Bèze, Mazis, Charmes, Latricières, Musigny, Echezeaux and Clos Vougeot, in premiers crus the main vineyards are located in Combe aux Moines in Chambolle and Lavaux and Cazetiers in Gevrey-Chambertin, and in the Nuits-Saint-Georges climats of Les Saint-Georges, Poret-Saint-Georges, Chaignots, Vignerondes, Athées, Lavières and Damodes.

In addition the domaine used to have a lease (it ceased in 2002 and has reverted back to Frédérick Mugnier in Chambolle-Musigny) on the entirety of the 9.55 ha Clos de la Maréchale, the most southerly of the great vineyards of the Côte de Nuits. Today the merchant side of the Faiveley activity represents a mere 10 percent of their business. As well as the recent purchase of the Corton-Rognets, already mentioned, there were already a few hectares of grand cru Corton, right up at the top of the slope above Aloxe and Ladoix. Here you will find 62 ares of Corton-Charlemagne and just under three hectares of Corton rouge. In 1930, before appellation contrôlée was introduced, the Court of Dijon granted the Faiveleys the right to call their wine from this parcel Clos des Cortons Faiveley. "My best customers for my Cortons," François Faiveley told me once, "are the rabbits of the late Prince de Mérode who owns the forest which sits like a toupée at the top of the Corton hill. They eat the vine's young shoots. But they keep the harvest within bounds".

Producent Domaine Faiveley
Jaar 1911
Appellation Chambertin
Climat -
Flesgrootte 0,75 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie Nee
Waardering Nee