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This was a night of music food at the newly updated cuverie of Faiveley – what better opportunity to taste a few wines too – Eve Faively was working very hard with her Jeroboams!
2015 Nuits St.Georges
The result of a blend of 13 different domaine parcels.
Not too deep in colour. Almost a strawberry note to this faintly spiced, attractive nose. A good impact in the mouth, modestly (overtly!) structured, given the ample concentration. Good mobile flavour – faint bitters that linger. Very tasty wine!
2015 Nuits St.Georges 1er Les St.Georges
Not surprisingly, there’s more colour here. This nose shows a little powdery top-notes over a faintly reductive depth, but slowly growing with a very pleasing red fruit of some distinction – more purity than the villages. Bigger, more structure, more energy – like the villages there are some bitters in the higher level of finishing complexity. Nicely silken texture, overall this is an excellent baby wine.
2016 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles-Vignes
Almost 7ha of vines are assembled for this cuvée. The average age is higher than 35-years-old.
An obvious extra freshness of fruit aroma when we move to a 2016 – of good depth, with some faintly but attractively herbal elements. Width, drive, energy and salinity can be seen here. Holding a spiced finishing line of flavour. No hard edges and lots of tasty concentration.
2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Lavaux St.Jacques
Like the LSG there’s a little aromatic touch of reduction here, slowly growing with a fine halo, a framing of, red fruit. Structural wine but one of lovely fruit and impressive, indeed attractively complex fruit. I like this a lot!
Dark, faintly reductive aromas again, swirling brings suggestions of flowers. This is more supple on the palate than the 2016 Lavaux, melting with flavour from a slightly cushioned texture – it’s a plump wine. A little finishing salinity and bitters. Very good length too. A little understated but very tasty…
No reduction in these aromas, floral top notes and showing a vibrant fruit too – a great start! More concentration, extra freshness, depth of flavour too – ooh this is a great 17 – bravo, it has the extra character that is missing from the easier Charmes!
Just a little white:
2014 Puligny-Montrachet 1er La Garenne
Quite some depth here, a vibrant aroma suggesting but not delivering reduction. Some reduction on the palate though, yet this is complex and impressive wine – very tasty indeed. Like reds tonight, showing lots of salinity too.
2011 Benvenues Bâtard-Montrachet
Served from Jeroboam – I’m sure this wine woulf have benefited from an additional 10 years in the cellar, or, failing that, several hours in a (multitude of) carafe!
Rather a more compact nose. Direct, ultra mineral, not much overt fruit yet this is very juicy and mouth-watering flavour. A fine grain of tannin, delicious despite such youth and such a fine wave of finishing flavour too – still a baby!