faiveley 2005 volnay 1er cru santenots


joseph faiveley 2005 volnay 1er cru santenots

The accumulated wealth of (conventional) wisdom says that this is a dumb thing to do, but given the two remarkably open Faiveley’s in this tasting, I thought I’d give this bottle a try. Note that this is a négoce wine, not domaine.
2005 Joseph Faiveley, Volnay 1er Santenotstry to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus cherry-red colour. The nose is not exactly effusive, but it has quite some depth of dark dried fruits and a more herbal top note. Very good texture then quickly a grainy tannin builds and the acidity seems just an afterthought – yet perfectly draws you into the finish. The mid-palate flavour and finish are cracking – intense and very long – chocolate and a little strawberry shaded oak tannin is the diminuendo. Not as typically brutal as the Lafon version, nor indeed what you might expect from Faiveley, but a super wine.
Rebuy – Yes

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There are 4 responses to “faiveley 2005 volnay 1er cru santenots”

  1. Tom Blach5th October 2008 at 9:38 amPermalinkReply

    Is this not from Matrot, whose vines I think Faiveley have now taken over?
    I had a young Faiveley last night, 02 Nuits Chaignots. For some reason this bottling is consistently approachable young, unlike pretty much all their other wines.

  2. billn5th October 2008 at 12:06 pmPermalinkReply

    In this case not Tom – I suspect! The Matrot thing came in with the 2006 vintage, but Faiveley have been producing ‘a’ Santenots since at least 2000, I say suspect, because it doesn’t preclude them getting the same fruit before. Anyway I believe there is a 2006 ‘domaine’ bottling, despite it not actually being made by them, at least according to this link. Perhaps there remains also a second négoce cuvée(?)…

  3. bmcq6th October 2008 at 3:52 pmPermalinkReply

    I guess I should reconsider. I’ve been sitting on some 2002 Faiveley Ch-M Fuees in hopes that some aging will soften my presumptly (whee! I can make up new words) perceived Faiveley grit to allow a smidge of the terroir to sneak through.

    As for the same vintner’s vintage (vintnage? more word birthings) Cazetiers, I have a much harder (pun intended) time making a similar leap.

    • billn6th October 2008 at 5:08 pmPermalinkReply

      I’d be tempted to keep hold of 02’s – and not just Faiveley’s. Faiveley reportedly became a little more consumer friendly with the 2006 vintage, I would say 05’s too…

  4. bmcq7th October 2008 at 12:33 pmPermalinkReply

    Yes, well, damn. Here I’m looking for one small indulgence and you go all reformationist!


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